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On the strategic use of border tax adjustments as a second-best climate policy measure

  • Charles F. Mason (a1), Edward B. Barbier (a2) and Victoria I. Umanskaya (a3)


We investigate the interaction between a developed country that imports a carbon-intensive product, such as electricity, and a transitioning economy that exports the product. Production of the good generates a transboundary externality related to climate change; if this externality is priced improperly, the application of a feed-in tariff or border tax adjustment can provide an indirect policy instrument. We analyze the application of such a measure in a stark model where the importing country cares about climate-related damages while the exporting country does not; this can be viewed as reflecting a scenario where the (developed) importing country is more concerned about climate change than is the (transitioning) exporting economy. Because climate change will occur over a long time frame, the problem is dynamic. In this modeling context, we describe the manner in which the (second-best) tariff-cum-border tax adjustment relates to the carbon stock.



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On the strategic use of border tax adjustments as a second-best climate policy measure

  • Charles F. Mason (a1), Edward B. Barbier (a2) and Victoria I. Umanskaya (a3)


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