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What to Expect from an International System of Tradable Permits for Carbon Emmisions

  • Warwick J. McKibbin


    (Australian National University, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Economics Division
    The Brookings Institution)

  • Robert Shackleton

    (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Policy Office)

  • Peter J. Wilcoxen

    (University of Texas, Economics Department
    The Brookings Institution)

We use an econometrically estimated multi-region, multi-sector general equilibrium model of the world economy to examine the effects of using a system of internationally tradable emission permits to control world carbon dioxide emissions. We focus, in particular, on the effects of the system on flows of trade and international capital. Our results show that international trade and capital flows significantly alter projections of the domestic effects of the emissions mitigation policy, compared with analyses that ignore international capital flows, and that under some systems of international permit trading the United States is likely to become a significant permit seller, the opposite of conventional wisdom.

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Paper provided by Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network in its series Economics and Environment Network Working Papers with number 9804.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jul 1998
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Handle: RePEc:anu:eenwps:9804
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