Frontiers of research on carbon markets: theory and evidence for policy

Date: 25 Jun 2018
Venue: Handels: B 33, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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A World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists pre-congress event

Over the last decade the use of markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has come of age. Carbon markets are now in operation, in the pipeline or under consideration in a multitude of regional, national and sub-national jurisdictions around the world. With the recent announcement of a Chinese national emissions trading system, markets will soon cover well over 20% of global CO2 emissions. This share is expected to increase further as countries start implementing their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

When markets for emission permits emerged during the 1980s, they had elementary design features that reflected the traditional objectives and skills of environmental economists in regulating local pollutants from relatively few sources. Today, carbon markets are much more complex, having evolved structurally and weathered the impacts of business cycles and the financial crisis. This evolution has raised topical questions on subjects including permit market responsiveness, impacts on firm performance, ambition levels, anti-leakage provisions and inter-connectedness.

This one-day event, organised by the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics, will bring together top academics and policymakers to map and explore the frontiers of research on carbon markets and their implications for policy. It will feature invited presentations of cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research on carbon markets as well as keynote speeches by Frank J. Convery, Carolyn Fischer and Bard Harstad. A panel consisting of Dallas Burtraw, Frank Jotzo, and Andrei Marcu will assess where research stands in relation to the policy debate from a regional perspective.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Event programme

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8.45 – 9.00

Keynote – Carolyn Fischer (Resources for the Future and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
9.00 – 10.00

Topic 1: Firm Responses
10.00 – 11.00

The Co-benefits of Climate Policy: Evidence from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Ulrich J. Wagner (University of Mannheim)

The impact of the EU ETS on carbon emissions and firm performance
Antoine Dechezleprêtre (OECD and Grantham Research Institute, LSE)

11.00 – 11.30

Topic 2: Linking
11.30 -12.30

The Dynamics of Linking Permit Markets
Katinka Holtsmark (University of Oslo)

Linking Permit Markets Multilaterally
Luca Taschini (CCCEP and Grantham Research Institute, LSE)


Keynote – Bard Harstad (University of Oslo)
13.30 – 14.30

Topic 3: Carbon Leakage
14.30 – 15.30

Carbon leakage: a mechanism design approach
Lassi Ahlvik (Norwegian School of Economics)

Measuring Leakage Risk
Meredith Fowlie (UC Berkeley)

15.30 – 16.00

Panel discussion
16.00 – 17.30

Frontiers of research on carbon markets: theory and evidence for policy
Opening remarks: Frank Convery (EDF)

Panellists: Dallas Burtraw (Resources for the Future), Frank Jotzo (Australian National University), Andrei Marcu (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development)

17.30 – 17.45

Pricing and registration

Early Bird (inc VAT)
Before 18.05.2018
Full Rate (inc VAT)
After 19.05.2018
Price per person £50 £75

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