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International Climate Policy to Combat Global Warming

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International Climate Policy to Combat Global Warming

An Analysis of the Ancillary Benefits of Reducing Carbon Emissions

9781840649970 Edward Elgar Publishing
Dirk T.G. Rübbelke, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Publication Date: 2002 ISBN: 978 1 84064 997 0 Extent: 200 pp
In their pursuit of policies to combat global warming, countries will find that they may also receive additional benefits which are not directly associated with the primary aim. These ancillary benefits are likely to include, for example, a reduction in pollution as a result of carbon containment policies. International Climate Policy to Combat Global Warming is one of the first books which analyses climate policy, taking account of ancillary as well as primary benefits.

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In their pursuit of policies to combat global warming, countries will find that they may also receive additional benefits which are not directly associated with the primary aim. These ancillary benefits are likely to include, for example, a reduction in pollution as a result of carbon containment policies. International Climate Policy to Combat Global Warming is one of the first books which analyses climate policy, taking account of ancillary as well as primary benefits.

The author integrates ancillary benefits into the theory and explores the implications for international policy measures. Because of the private character of ancillary benefits, the author is able to treat climate policy as an impure public good which in turn has an impact on the efficient climate protection level. He highlights the general failures of the standard approach to climate policy design and goes on to propose a new approach to international negotiations on climate change. He suggests a flexible matching scheme which would help overcome free-rider incentives and which would have considerable advantages over traditional co-operative designs.

By proposing a novel framework for the analysis of, and solution to, the problem of global warming, this book will be welcomed by environmental and ecological economists, policymakers and researchers of political science.
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Benefits of Climate Policy 3. Climate Policy as an Impure Public Good 4. International Transfers 5. Matching Schemes 6. Summary and Conclusions A. Emissions and Targets B. Ancillary Effects C. Samuelson Condition D. Comparative Static Model E. Matching Model References Index
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