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Embodied Carbon Tariffs

Christoph Böhringer, Jared Carbone () and Thomas Rutherford ()

No 25 / 2014, ZenTra Working Papers in Transnational Studies from ZenTra - Center for Transnational Studies

Abstract: Embodied carbon tariffs tax the direct and indirect carbon emissions embodied in trade — an idea popularized by countries seeking to extend the reach of domestic carbon regulations. We investigate their effectiveness using simulations from an applied general equilibrium model of global trade and energy use. We find that the tariffs do reduce foreign emissions, but their ability to improve the global cost-effectiveness of climate policy is limited. Their main welfare effect is to shift the burden of developed-world climate policies to the developing world.

Keywords: climate policy; border tax adjustments; carbon leakage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D58 H2 Q43 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-env, nep-int and nep-res
Date: 2013-08, Revised 2014-01
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