Policy sequencing toward decarbonization

  title={Policy sequencing toward decarbonization},
  author={Jonas Meckling and Thomas Sterner and Gernot Wagner},
  journal={Nature Energy},
Many economists have long held that carbon pricing—either through a carbon tax or cap-and-trade—is the most cost-effective way to decarbonize energy systems, along with subsidies for basic research and development. Meanwhile, green innovation and industrial policies aimed at fostering low-carbon energy technologies have proliferated widely. Most of these predate direct carbon pricing. Low-carbon leaders such as California and the European Union (EU) have followed a distinct policy sequence that… 

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    The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
  • 2019
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