Global Warming, Technology Transfer and Trade in Carbon Energy: Challenge or Threat?

Stephan, Gunter; Müller-Fürstenberger, Georg (July 2012). Global Warming, Technology Transfer and Trade in Carbon Energy: Challenge or Threat? (Discussion Papers 12-06). Bern: Department of Economics

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Is it possible to combat global climate change through North-to-South technology transfer
even without a global climate treaty? Or do carbon leakage and the rebound effect imply
that it is possible to take advantage of technological improvements under the umbrella of a
global arrangement only? For answering these questions a world with full international cooperation is compared with a world, where countries act non-cooperatively. More recisely,
in case of non-cooperation two cases are discussed. The first one is called Kyoto-plus and the second one labeled Kyoto-reversed. Kyoto-plus means that the North decides: (1) to unilaterally reduce its domestic greenhouse gas emissions and (2), to transfer technological knowledge to the South. If Kyoto-reversed is considered, the North decides on transferring technology while the South commits itself to reduce emissions. Rebound and leakage effects hinder a sustainable and welfare improving solution of the climate problem.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Stephan, Gunter and Müller-Fürstenberger, Georg

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Series:

Discussion Papers

Publisher:

Department of Economics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lars Tschannen

Date Deposited:

27 Oct 2020 16:28

Last Modified:

27 Oct 2020 16:28

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145758

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145758

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