Strategic Delegation and International Permit Markets: Why Linking May Fail

36 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2017

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Wolfgang Habla

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management Research

Ralph Winkler

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

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Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

We analyse a principal-agent relationship in the context of international climate policy. Principals in two countries first decide whether to merge domestic emission permit markets to an international market, then delegate the domestic permit supply to an agent. We find that principals select agents caring less for environmental damages than they do themselves in case of an international market regime, while they opt for self-representation in case of domestic markets. This strategic delegation incentive renders the linking of permit markets less attractive and constitutes a novel explanation for the reluctance to establish non-cooperative international permit markets.

Keywords: Non-Cooperative Climate Policy, Political Economy, Emissions Trading, Linking of Permit Markets, Strategic Delegation, Strategic Voting

JEL Classification: D72, H23, H41, Q54, Q58

Suggested Citation

Habla, Wolfgang and Winkler, Ralph, Strategic Delegation and International Permit Markets: Why Linking May Fail (July 2017). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 17-025. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3001818 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3001818

Wolfgang Habla (Contact Author)

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Ralph Winkler

University of Bern - Department of Economics ( email )

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

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