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Global Warming and Endogenous Technological Change: Revisiting the Green Paradox

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How to control and limit climate change caused by a growing use of fossil fuels are among the most pressing policy challenges facing the world today. The green paradox argues that carbon taxes can exacerbate global warming problem because firms have the incentive to bring forward the sale of fossil fuels. This paper shows that when technological progress allows the extraction costs of fossil fuels to be reduced over time, and a positive R&D subsidy is paid, a growing carbon tax reveals a welfare maximizing policy.

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  • Luca Spinesi, 2012. "Global Warming and Endogenous Technological Change: Revisiting the Green Paradox," OxCarre Working Papers 068, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
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    Keywords

    Global warming; carbon taxes; technological change;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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