Discussion Paper

No. 2011-35 | September 01, 2011
The Social Cost of Carbon on an Optimal Balanced Growth Path
(Published in Special Issue The Social Cost of Carbon)

Abstract

This paper derives analytically the growth rate of the social cost of carbon (SSC) on an optimal balanced growth path. More specifically, the paper examines a deterministic Ramsey model of optimal economic growth with carbon emissions. In this model, restrictions on technology and preferences are imposed that guarantee optimal balanced growth, i.e., that guarantee an optimal path with constant and positive economic growth and a constant stock of carbon in the atmosphere. The paper exploits these restrictions to show that the growth rate of the SCC on the optimal balanced growth path is negative, provided the elasticity of marginal utility of consumption with respect to consumption is larger than or equal to one. There seems to be consensus in the literature that this latter requirement is fulfilled in reality.

Paper submitted to the special issue
The Social Cost of Carbon
 

JEL Classification

D61 Q54

Cite As

Tomas Kögel (2011). The Social Cost of Carbon on an Optimal Balanced Growth Path. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2011-35, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2011-35

Assessment



Comments and Questions


Anonymous - Referee Report 1
October 19, 2011 - 14:32

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Tomas Koegel - Response to Referee Report 1
November 28, 2011 - 17:25

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Tomas Koegel - Revised Version of Paper
November 28, 2011 - 17:27

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Anonymous - Referee Report 2
December 12, 2011 - 09:41

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Tomas Koegel - Response to Referee Report 2
January 11, 2012 - 23:02

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Tomas Koegel - Second Revised Version of Paper
January 11, 2012 - 23:06

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