Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/194120
Authors: 
Borissov, Kirill
Bretschger, Lucas
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Economics Working Paper Series 18/297
Abstract: 
We derive the optimal contributions to global climate policy when countries differ with respect to income level and pollution intensity. Countries' growth rates are determined endogenously, and abatement efficiency is improved by technical progress. We show that country heterogeneity has a crucial impact on optimal policy contributions: more developed countries have to make a larger effort while less developed countries are allowed to graduate under a less stringent environmental regime. The optimal allocation of pollution permits depends on international trade. In the absence of international permit trade, more developed countries should receive more permits than the less developed countries but permit prices are higher in the rich countries. With international permit trade, more developed countries receive less permits than the less developed. When global distribution of physical capital is uneven and the aggregate pollution ceiling is low, poor countries receive all the permits and incomes do not converge, even with free trade.
Subjects: 
Climate policy
growth
abatement efficiency
policy convergence
JEL: 
Q43
O47
Q56
O41
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Document Type: 
Working Paper
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