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The Optimal Time Path of a Carbon Tax

Alistair Ulph and David Ulph

Oxford Economic Papers, 1994, vol. 46, issue 0, 857-68

Abstract: The authors analyze the optimal time path of a carbon tax when it is recognized that global warming damages are related to the atmospheric stock of CO[subscript]2 and that the stock of fossil fuels is exhaustible. The authors show that some factors cause the carbon tax to rise while others cause it to fall, so no general analytical result emerges. Numerical results suggest that a carbon tax should initially rise and then fall. This contradicts the findings of P. Sinclair (1992), who argued that a carbon tax should be falling; the authors show that this result depends on some implausible features of his model. Copyright 1994 by Royal Economic Society.

Date: 1994
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