Carbon prices and incentives for technological development
2015 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Management, ISSN 0301-4797, E-ISSN 1095-8630, Vol. 150, 393-403 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There is concern that the carbon prices generated through climate policies are too low to create the incentives necessary to stimulate technological development. This paper empirically analyzes how the Swedish carbon dioxide (CO2) tax and the European Union emission trading system (EU ETS) have affected productivity development in the Swedish pulp and paper industry 1998-2008. A Luenberger total factor productivity (TFP) indicator is computed using data envelopment analysis. The results show that climate policy had a modest impact on technological development in the pulp and paper industry, and if significant it was negative. The price of fossil fuels, on the contrary, seems to have created important incentives for technological development. Hence, the results suggest that the carbon prices faced by the industry through EU ETS and the CO2 tax have been too low. Even though the data for this study is specific for Sweden, the models and results are applicable internationally. When designing policy to mitigate CO2 emissions, it is vital that the policy creates a carbon price that is high enough otherwise the pressure on technological development will not be sufficiently strong. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 150, 393-403 p.
CO2 tax, EU ETS, Luenberger total factor productivity, indicator, GMM
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100944DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.12.015ISI: 000349504300041PubMedID: 25560661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-100944DiVA: diva2:796721