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International Cooperation on Climate-friendly Technologies

Sammendrag

We examine international cooperation on technological development as an alternative to international cooperation on emission reductions. We show that without any R&D cooperation, R&D in each country should be increased beyond the non-cooperative level if (i) the technology level in one country is positively affected by R&D in other countries, (ii) the domestic carbon tax is lower than the Pigovian level, or (iii) the domestic carbon tax is set directly through an international tax agreement. We also show that a second-best technology agreement has higher R&D, higher emissions, or both compared with the firstbest- outcome. The second-best subsidy always exceeds the subsidy under no international R&D cooperation. Further, when the price of carbon is the same in the second-best technology agreement and in the case without R&D cooperation, welfare is highest, R&D is highest and emissions are lowest in the second-best R&D agreement.

Om publikasjonen

Forfattere:

Golombek, R. og M. Hoel

År:

2011

Tidsskrift:

Environmental and Resource Economics

Serie:

Vitenskapelige tidskrift

JEL:

H23 · O30 · Q20 · Q38 · Q48 · Q54

Nøkkelord:

Climate policy · International climate agreements · R&D policy · Technology spillovers

Prosjekt:

3146 - Subsidizing R&D and installment of carbon abatement in open economics

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