Capital Malleability and the Macroeconomic Costs of Climate Policy
Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Ian Sue Wing
March 11, 2010
FEEM Working Paper No. 19.2010
This paper argues for introducing the role of capital malleability into the analysis of environmental policies. The issue is explored by means of a theoretical model, a numerical analysis and a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model. Considering the three approaches together is fundamental in obtaining theory-compatible policy-relevant results. The model outcomes reveal differences between results under separate assumptions regarding the malleability of capital. When capital is imperfectly malleable a carbon policy is less effective than under the assumption of perfect malleability of capital. Therefore, it is important that, especially for the analysis of short-term environmental regulations, the issue of capital malleability is taken into consideration.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47
Keywords: General Equilibrium, CGE Models, Climate Change Policy
JEL Classification: C68, D58, H22, Q43
Date posted: March 13, 2010
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