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Abatement Cost Uncertainty and Policy Instrument Selection under a Stringent Climate Policy. A Dynamic Analysis

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  • Valentina Bosetti

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • Alexander Golub

    (Environmental Defense)

  • Emanuele Massetti

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

  • Massimo Tavoni

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Abstract

This paper investigates the relative economic and environmental outcomes of price versus quantity mechanisms to control GHG emissions when abatement costs are uncertain. In particular, we evaluate the impacts on policy costs, CO2 emissions and energy R&D for a stringent mitigation target of 550 ppmv CO2 equivalent (i.e. 450 for CO2 only) concentrations. The analysis is performed in an optimal growth framework via Monte Carlo simulations of the integrated assessment model WITCH (World Induced Technical Change Hybrid). Results indicate that the price instrument stochastically dominates the quantity instrument when a stringent stabilization policy is in place.

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  • Valentina Bosetti & Alexander Golub & Emanuele Massetti & Massimo Tavoni, 2008. "Abatement Cost Uncertainty and Policy Instrument Selection under a Stringent Climate Policy. A Dynamic Analysis," Working Papers 2008.15, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2008.15
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    Keywords

    Abatement Costs; Climate Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics

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