Sharing the Cost of Global Warming

26 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2011

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Etienne Billette de Villemeur

University of Lille I - EQUIPPE

Justin Leroux

HEC Montreal - Institute of Applied Economics; CIRANO

Date Written: December 2011


For meteorological reasons, the distribution of climate‐change damage bears no relationship to the distribution of emissions across the globe. We argue in favor of offsetting this discrepancy. We propose a global insurance scheme of sorts, to be financed according to countries’ responsibilities in the matter. We analyze this horizontal equity problem using a responsibility/compensation framework, which we have adapted to a context of externalities. We characterize new versions of two well‐known cost‐sharing schemes.

Keywords: Climate change, responsibility, egalitarian liberalism, D62, D63, Q54

Suggested Citation

de Villemeur, Etienne Billette and Leroux, Justin, Sharing the Cost of Global Warming (December 2011). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 113, Issue 4, pp. 758-783, 2011, Available at SSRN: or

Etienne Billette De Villemeur (Contact Author)

University of Lille I - EQUIPPE

Université Lille 1 Sciences et Technologies
Faculté des Sciences Economiques et Sociales
Villeneuve d'Ascq, 59655

Justin Leroux

HEC Montreal - Institute of Applied Economics ( email )

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Montréal, Quebec H3T 2A7

CIRANO ( email )

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