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Economics of climate policy and collective decision making

Published inClimatic change, vol. 79, no. 1-2, p. 143-162
  • Open Access - Licence nationale Springer
Publication date2006

This paper explores the reasons why economic instruments of climate change are reluctantly applied and stresses the need for interdisciplinary research linking economic theory and empirical testing to deliberative political procedures. It is divided in three parts. The first one recalls the main issues in implementing Cost-Benefit Analysis such as information problems, uncertainties, discounting the future and irreversibilities. The second part shows how these issues can be treated in integrated assessment and techno-economic models and presents a case study, which shows that: - The chosen scenario tends to stabilize atmospheric CO2concentration at around 550 ppm in the long run. - Exclusion of possibility to trade CO2 emission permits under a cap regime would increase the cost of emission abatement for OECD countries. - Combining different flexibility instruments might lead to significant gains in the overall cost of climate policy. The third part presents results of a survey conducted among the main economic and environmental associations in Switzerland. The survey reveals conflicting views on economic instruments. It shows how the social acceptability of these instruments can be improved in taking explicitly into account these opposing views of special interest groups. Therefore, policy scenarios should be selected in combining techno-economic models with empirical studies about their political and normative context.

  • Economic instruments
  • Climate change
  • CO2
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Integrated assessment and techno-economic models
  • Economic associations
  • Environmental associations
  • Acceptability
  • Instrumental preferences
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - NCCR Climate
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BURGENMEIER, Beat et al. Economics of climate policy and collective decision making. In: Climatic change, 2006, vol. 79, n° 1-2, p. 143–162. doi: 10.1007/s10584-006-9147-x
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