Year of Graduation
Carbon Tax or Cap-and-Trade for Russia? Evidence from RICE Model and Other Considerations
International Relations in Eurasia
This thesis tackles the question of the carbon pricing mechanism choice for Russia. Its principal approach is to use the marginal costs and benefits curves derived from the Regional Integrated Climate and Economy model in the Weitzman analysis of prices vs quantities. It shows that Russia should choose a carbon tax over a cap-and-trade system, and this conclusions is supported by other practical considerations such as historical, political and economic circumstances in Russia. The thesis ends with an overview of recent legal and political developments, and concludes that decisive Russian action to tackle climate change is not likely in the nearest future.