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Global Refunding and Climate Change

43 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2012 Last revised: 31 Aug 2012

Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ralph Winkler

University of Bern - Department of Economics; University of Bern - Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research

Date Written: July 12, 2012

Abstract

We design a global refunding scheme as a new international approach to address climate change. Participating in the global refunding system requires an initial payment. It allows each country to set its carbon emission tax, while aggregate tax revenues are partially refunded to member countries in proportion to the relative emission reductions they achieve within a given period. The refunding scheme reduces the intertemporal climate change problem into a static public goods problem. In a simple model we show that a suitably designed global refunding scheme achieves the social global optimum, provided that all countries participate. We discuss several procedures to achieve initial participation.

Keywords: climate change mitigation, global refunding scheme, international agreements, incentive-compatible mechanisms

JEL Classification: H23, Q54, H41

Suggested Citation

Gersbach, Hans and Winkler, Ralph, Global Refunding and Climate Change (July 12, 2012). Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 36, No. 11, pp. 1775–1795, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2104215

Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Ralph Winkler (Contact Author)

University of Bern - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bern, 3001
Switzerland
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HOME PAGE: http://www.ralph-winkler.de

University of Bern - Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research ( email )

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Bern, 3012
Switzerland

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