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Climate Effects of Carbon Taxes, Taking into Account Possible Other Future Climate Measures

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  • Habermacher, Florian

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  • Kirchgässner, Gebhard

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Increasing fuel extraction costs and global temperatures make it likely that in the medium-term future, technological or political measures against global warming will be implemented. In assessments of current climate policy, possible medium-term future developments, such as backstop technologies, are largely neglected, but such developments may crucially affect policy impacts. If such measures are implemented, a carbon tax introduced now may mitigate climate change to greater effect than recent reflections along the lines of the Green Paradox would suggest. Notably, the weak and the strong version of the Green Paradox, related to current and longer-term emissions, may not materialise. Moreover, the tax may allow the demanding countries to extract part of the resource rent, further increasing its desirability.

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  • Habermacher, Florian & Kirchgässner, Gebhard, 2011. "Climate Effects of Carbon Taxes, Taking into Account Possible Other Future Climate Measures," Economics Working Paper Series 1110, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science, revised Feb 2014.
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    1. van der Werf, Edwin & Di Maria, Corrado, 2012. "Imperfect Environmental Policy and Polluting Emissions: The Green Paradox and Beyond," International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, now publishers, vol. 6(2), pages 153-194, March.
    2. Florian Habermacher, 2016. "Externalities in Risky Resource Markets - Optimal Taxes, Leakage and Divestment," CESifo Working Paper Series 5865, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Habermacher, Florian, 2011. "Optimal Fuel-Specific Carbon Pricing and Time Dimension of Leakage," Economics Working Paper Series 1144, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science, revised Jan 2012.
    4. Florian Habermacher, 2012. "Is carbon leakage really low? A critical reconsideration of the leakage concept," Chapters,in: Carbon Pricing, Growth and the Environment, chapter 16, pages 247-260 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Climate change policy; greenhouse gas tax; carbon tax; Green Paradox; anticipation effects; exhaustible resources; fossil fuels market; backstop technology; uncertainty; resource rent.;

    JEL classification:

    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q31 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q38 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy (includes OPEC Policy)
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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