Diego Kaenzig, PhD, Northwestern University
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Location:Gerri C. LeBow Hall
3220 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Title: The Unequal Economic Consequences of Carbon Pricing
Abstract: This paper studies the economic impacts of carbon pricing. Exploiting institutional features of the European carbon market and high-frequency data, I document that a tighter carbon pricing regime leads to higher energy prices, lower emissions and more green innovation. This comes at the cost of a fall in economic activity, which is borne unequally across society: poorer households lower their consumption significantly while richer households are less affected. The poor are more exposed because of their higher energy share and, importantly, also experience a larger fall in income. Targeted fiscal policy can help alleviate these costs while maintaining emission reductions.