Partial International Emission Trading
Univ. of Nottingham Research Paper No. 2008/27
40 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2009
Date Written: November 1, 2008
In a model inspired by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, non-cooperative countries allocate their emissions to internationally trading and non-trading sectors. Each country is better off with trading than without, and aggregate welfare is maximized with all sectors in the trading scheme. We simulate the effects of expanding the trading scheme in a two-country model with quadratic abatement costs. If only the original trading sector is asymmetric between countries, the welfare change is always positive and the same in both countries. If only the additional trading sector is asymmetric, one country might lose, but there is an aggregate welfare gain. If only the non-trading sector is asymmetric, both countries always gain.
Keywords: International emission trading, EU Emission Trading Scheme
JEL Classification: H23, Q28, Q56
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