Competitive Dominance of Emission Trading Over Pigouvian Taxation in a Globalized Economy

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Seung-Gyu Sim

Aoyama Gakuin University

Hsuan-Chih Lin

Academia Sinica - Institute of Economics

Date Written: September 15, 2017

Abstract

It is well-known that the Pigouvian taxation scheme and emission trading scheme (delegating the emission pricing authority to the market mechanism) offer equivalent incentives to reduce emissions in various autarky settings. In contrast, we demonstrate that in a globalized economy with international trade and cross border pollution, adopting the latter is the strict dominant strategy of each country, and global welfare is maximized when all countries adopt the latter. Adopting the latter incentivizes the other country to tighten its environmental regulation without concern for excessive shrink of domestic production and aggravation of cross border pollution from the adopting country.

Keywords: Emission Trading, Pigouvian Taxation, International Trade, Cross Border Pollution

JEL Classification: H23, L51, Q56, Q58

Suggested Citation

Sim, Seung-Gyu and Lin, Hsuan-Chih, Competitive Dominance of Emission Trading Over Pigouvian Taxation in a Globalized Economy (September 15, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2742153 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2742153

Seung-Gyu Sim (Contact Author)

Aoyama Gakuin University ( email )

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Tokyo, 150-8366
Japan

Hsuan-Chih Lin

Academia Sinica - Institute of Economics ( email )

128 Academia Road, Section 2
Nankang
Taipei, 11529
Taiwan

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