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Evolution of the global distribution of carbon dioxide: A finite mixture analysis

  • Autori: Battisti, M.; Delgado, M.; Parmeter, C.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2015
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Parole Chiave: Abatement policy; Carbon emissions; Emissions groups; Finite mixture models; Heterogeneity; Economics and Econometrics
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Economists and environmental policymakers have recently begun advocating a bottom-up approach to climate change mitigation, focusing on reduction targets for groups of nations, rather than large scale global policies. We advance this discussion by conducting a rigorous empirical analysis of the global distribution of carbon emissions along several important dimensions: groupings, polarization, mobility, and volatility. In contrast to previous work, our empirical analysis is both comprehensive and data-driven. We discuss how robust empirical evidence may aid policymakers in forging a heterogeneous carbon abatement policy.