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Technology Diffusion, Abatement Cost, and Transboundary Pollution

  • Geoffrey Heal

    (Columbia University)

  • Nori Tarui

    (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

This paper studies countries’ incentives to develop advanced pollution abatement technology when technology may spillover across countries and pollution abatement is a global public good. We are motivated in part by the problem of global warming: a solution to this involves providing a global public good, and will surely require the development and implementation of new technologies. We show that at the Nash equilibrium of a simultaneous-move game with R&D investment and emission abatement, whether the free rider effect prevails and under-investment and excess emissions occur depends on the degree of technology spillovers and the effect of R&D on the marginal abatement costs. There are cases in which, contrary to conventional wisdom, Nash equilibrium investments in emissions reductions exceed the first-best case.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2008.96.

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