Overlapping climate policies

Grischa Perino (University of Hamburg)

November 30, 2020, 11:00–12:15


Room zoom

Environment Economics Seminar


Major carbon-pricing systems in Europe and North America involve multiple jurisdictions (countries or states). Individual jurisdictions often pursue additional initiatives---such as unilateral carbon price floors, legislation to phase out coal, aviation taxes or support programs for renewable energy---that overlap with the wider carbon-pricing system. We develop a general framework to study how the climate benefit of such overlapping policies depends on their design, location and timing. Some policies leverage additional climate benefits elsewhere in the system while others backfire by raising aggregate emissions. Our model encompasses almost every type of carbon-pricing system used in practice.The paper is joint work with Robert Ritz (Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge) and Arthur van Benthem (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)