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Estimating the Marginal Abatement Cost Curve of CO2 Emissions in China: Provincial Panel Data Analysis

Limin Du (), Aoife Hanley and Chu Wei ()

Energy Economics, 2015, vol. 48, issue C, 217-229

Abstract: This paper estimates the Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) of CO2 emissions in China based on a provincial panel for the period of 2001–2010. The provincial marginal abatement cost (MAC) of CO2 emissions is estimated using a parameterized directional output distance function. Four types of model specifications are applied to fit the MAC-carbon intensity pairs. The optimal specification controlling for various covariates is identified econometrically. A scenario simulation of China's 40–45% carbon intensity reduction based on our MACC is illustrated. Our simulation results show that China would incur a 559–623Yuan/t (roughly 51–57%) increase in marginal abatement cost to achieve a corresponding 40–45% reduction in carbon intensity compared to its 2005 level.

Keywords: CO2 emissions; Marginal Abatement Cost Curve; Model selection; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q52 Q54 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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