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A Survey of Studies of the Costs of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions


  • Peter Hoeller


  • Andrew Dean


  • Jon Nicolaisen



This paper surveys various estimates of the macroeconomic implications of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Most available studies focus on policies to reduce CO2 emissions and are limited to the costs of such policies. The survey first examines the key factors shaping baseline emission scenarios. It then looks at the aggregate cost of emission reductions, as shown by both global and country-specific models, and discusses the key determinants of the model outcomes. The paper also briefly reviews other options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and draws some more general lessons for the policy response to the threat of climate change ... Ce document étudie plusieurs estimations des implications macroéconomiques d'une réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. La plupart des études disponibles s'intéressent essentiellement aux politiques visant à réduire les émissions de CO2 et se limitent aux coûts de ces politiques. Ce document examine dans un premier temps les facteurs clés qui influencent les scénarios de référence se rapportant à ces émissions. Il étudie ensuite le coût d'ensemble des réductions d'émission tel que le font apparaître les modèles globaux ou par pays et discute les principaux éléments agissant sur les résultats du modèle. Ce papier passe aussi brièvement en revue les autres options permettant de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre et tire quelques conclusions d'ordre plus général concernant les politiques envisageables face à la menace d'un changement climatique ...

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  • Peter Hoeller & Andrew Dean & Jon Nicolaisen, 1990. "A Survey of Studies of the Costs of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 89, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:89-en
    DOI: 10.1787/266327840518

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    1. Peter Michaelis, 1992. "Global warming: Efficient policies in the case of multiple pollutants," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 2(1), pages 61-77, January.
    2. Gunther Tichy, 1993. "Ökonomische Auswirkungen einer Energieabgabe in Österreich," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 19(3), pages 315-327.
    3. Slade, Margaret E., 1992. "Environmental costs of natural resource commodities : magnitude and incidence," Policy Research Working Paper Series 991, The World Bank.
    4. FitzGerald, John & McCoy, Daniel, 1992. "The Economic Effects of Carbon Taxes," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number PRS14, November.
    5. repec:clr:wugarc:y:1993:v:19i:3p:315 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Aurelia Bengochea-Morancho & Francisco Higón-Tamarit & Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso, 2001. "Economic Growth and CO2 Emissions in the European Union," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 19(2), pages 165-172, June.
    7. Scott, Susan & McCoy, Daniel, 1992. "Theoretical Considerations and Estimates of the Effects on Households," Book Chapters, in: FitzGerald, John (ed.),The Economic Effects of Carbon Taxes, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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