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Carbon Prices for the Next Thousand Years

  • Reyer Gerlagh

    (Tilburg University)

As changes in climate-related stocks have consequences spanning over centuries or possibly millennia to the future, to reconcile the discounting of such far-distant impacts and realism of the shorter-term decisions, hyperbolic time-preferences are considered in a climate-economy model. The results justify high carbon taxes as advocated by Stern while maintaining the realism of the macroeconomic outcome, thus providing a solution for the dilemma centering the carbon tax-discount rate debate.

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Volume (Year): (2012)
Issue (Month): (August)
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