Agreeing on efficient emissions reduction

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JournalScandinavian Journal of Economics
DateAccepted/In press - 2015
DatePublished (current) - 5 May 2016
Number of pages32
Pages (from-to)1-32
Original languageEnglish


We propose a simple mechanism providing incentives to reduce harmful emissions to their efficient level without infracting upon productive efficiency. The mechanism employs a contest creating incentives among participating nations to simultaneously exert efficient productive and efficient abatement efforts. Participation in the most stylised form of the scheme is voluntary and individually rational; all rules are mutually agreeable and are unanimously adopted if proposed. The scheme balances its budget and requires no principal. In a perhaps more realistic stochastic output version which could potentially inform policy decisions, we show that the transfers required by the efficient mechanism create a mutual insurance motive which may serve as effective rationale for the (gradual) formation of International Environmental Agreements.

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    Research areas

  • Climate policy, Contests, Agreements

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