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Title:Moral concerns on tradable pollution permits in international environmental agreements PDF Logo
Authors:Eyckmans, Johan
Kverndokk, Snorre
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Memorandum // Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2009,13
Abstract:We investigate how moral concerns about permit trading affect an endogenous pollution permit trading equilibrium, where governments choose non-cooperatively the amount of permits they allocate to domestic industries. Politicians may feel reluctant to allow permit trading and/or may prefer that abatement is undertaken domestically due to moral concerns. This will have an effect on the initial permit allocations, and, therefore, on global emissions. The impact on global emissions depends on the precise formulation of the moral concerns, but under reasonable assumptions, we show that global emissions may increase. Thus, doing what is perceived as good does not always yield the desired outcome. However, this can be offset by restrictions on permit trading when governments have moral concerns about this trade.
Subjects:Tradable emission permits
international environmental agreements
non-cooperative game theory
moral motivation
identity
JEL:D63
Q54
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

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