Some inconvenient truths about climate change policy

The distributional impacts of transportation policies

Stephen P. Holland, Jonathan E. Hughes, Christopher R. Knittel, Nathan Parker

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Abstract

Climate policy has favored costly measures that implicitly or explicitly subsidize lowcarbon fuels.We simulate four transportation sector policies: cap and trade (CAT), ethanol subsidies, a renewable fuel standard (RFS), and a lowcarbon fuel standard. Our simulations confirm that alternatives to CAT are 2.5 to 4 times more costly but are amenable to adoption due to right-skewed distributions of gains. We analyze voting on the Waxman-Markey (WM) CAT bill. Conditional on a district's CAT gains, a district's RFS gains are negatively correlated with the likelihood of voting for WM. Our analysis supports campaign contributions as a partial mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1052-1069
Number of pages18
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Volume97
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Some inconvenient truths about climate change policy : The distributional impacts of transportation policies. / Holland, Stephen P.; Hughes, Jonathan E.; Knittel, Christopher R.; Parker, Nathan.

In: Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 97, No. 5, 01.12.2015, p. 1052-1069.

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Holland, Stephen P. ; Hughes, Jonathan E. ; Knittel, Christopher R. ; Parker, Nathan. / Some inconvenient truths about climate change policy : The distributional impacts of transportation policies. In: Review of Economics and Statistics. 2015 ; Vol. 97, No. 5. pp. 1052-1069.
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