Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Preprint

Publication Date

8-2014

Abstract

What's the role of unilateral measures in global climate change mitigation in a post-Durban, post 2012 global policy regime? We argue that under conditions of preference heterogeneity, unilateral emissions mitigation at a subnational level may exist even when a nation is unwilling to commit to emission cuts. We establish that under certain assumptions, in a global strongly connected network of countries, learning the costs of switching to a low emissions activity can result in a universal adoption of such activities. We analyze the features of a policy proposal that could accelerate convergence to a low carbon world in the presence of global learning.

Keywords

Unilateral initiatives, mitigation, global learning, technology transfer

Discipline

Economics | Economic Theory | Environmental Policy

Research Areas

Economic Theory

Publication

Climate Change Economics

Volume

5

Issue

3

ISSN

2010-0078

Identifier

10.1142/s2010007814500080

Publisher

World Scientific

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/s2010007814500080

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