Negative Leakage

14 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2011

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Don Fullerton

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Daniel H. Karney

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Date Written: March 17, 2011

Abstract

We build a simple analytical general equilibrium model and linearize it, to find a closed-from expression for the effect of a small change in carbon tax on leakage – the increase in emissions elsewhere. The model has two goods produced in two sectors or regions. Many identical consumers buy both goods using income from a fixed stock of capital that is mobile between sectors. An increase in one sector’s carbon tax raises the price of its output, so consumption shifts to the other good, causing positive carbon leakage. However, the taxed sector substitutes away from carbon into capital. It thus absorbs capital, which shrinks the other sector, causing negative leakage. This latter effect could swamp the former, reducing carbon emissions in both sectors.

JEL Classification: H230, Q540

Suggested Citation

Fullerton, Don and Karney, Daniel H., Negative Leakage (March 17, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3379. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1788862

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