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Spatial Climate-Economic Models in the Design of Optimal Climate Policies Across Locations


  • William A. Brock

    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin)

  • Gustav Engström

    (The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and University of Stockholm)

  • Anastasios Xepapadeas

    (Athens University of Economics and Business)


We couple a one-dimensional energy balance climate model with heat transportation across latitudes, with an economic growth model. We derive temperature and damage distributions across locations and optimal taxes on fossil fuels which, in contrast to zero-dimensional Integrated Assessment Models, account for cross latitude externalities. We analyse the impact of welfare weights on the spatial structure of optimal carbon taxes and identify conditions under which these taxes are spatially nonhomogeneous and are lower in latitudes with relatively lower per capita income populations. We show the way that heat transportation affects local economic variables and taxes, and locate sufficient conditions for optimal mitigation policies to have rapid ramp-up initially and then decrease over time.

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  • William A. Brock & Gustav Engström & Anastasios Xepapadeas, 2012. "Spatial Climate-Economic Models in the Design of Optimal Climate Policies Across Locations," Working Papers 2012.74, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2012.74

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    1. Dumas, Marion & Rising, James & Urpelainen, Johannes, 2016. "Political competition and renewable energy transitions over long time horizons: A dynamic approach," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 124(C), pages 175-184.
    2. William Brock & Anastasios Xepapadeas, 2015. "Spatial Heat Transport, Polar Amplification and Climate Change Policy," DEOS Working Papers 1515, Athens University of Economics and Business.
    3. Brock, W. & Xepapadeas, A., 2017. "Climate change policy under polar amplification," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 93-112.
    4. William Brock & Anastasios Xepapadeas, 2016. "Climate Change Policy under Spatial Heat Transport and Polar Amplification," DEOS Working Papers 1604, Athens University of Economics and Business.
    5. Dieter Grass, 2015. "From 0D to 1D spatial models using OCMat," Papers 1505.03956,
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    7. Engström, Gustav, 2016. "Structural and climatic change," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 62-74.

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    One-dimensional Energy Balance Model; Heat Transport; Latitudes; Temperature Distribution; Damage Distribution; Social Planner; Competitive Equilibrium; Local Welfare Weights; Optimal Taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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