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Using a Free Permit Rule to Forecast the Marginal Abatement Cost of Proposed Climate Policy

Kyle C. Meng

NBER Working Paper No. 22255
Issued in May 2016, Revised in October 2016

---- Acknowledgments ----

I thank Ethan Kaplan, Wolfram Schlenker, and in particular Bernard Salani´e for their guidance. This paper has benefited from suggestions from Joe Aldy, Doug Almond, Scott Barrett, Linda Bui, Olivier Deschênes, Ray Fisman, Olle Folke, Larry Goulder, Michael Greenstone, Rema Hanna, Geoff Heal, Solomon Hsiang, Nat Keohane, Wojciech Kopczuk, Gary Libecap, Erich Muehlegger, Suresh Naidu, Matt Neidell, Paulina Oliva, Ryan Oprea, Steve Salant, Doug Steigerwald, Tom Vogl, Gernot Wagner, Reed Walker, Marty Weitzman, Justin Wolfers, and seminar participants at Columbia University, Environmental Defense Fund, Georgia Tech, Harvard Kennedy School, IZA, NBER EEE Summer Institute, New York Fed, Rutgers, Stanford, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, University of Connecticut, and University of Michigan. I am particularly grateful to Richard Goettle, Jennifer Morris, and Sergey Paltsev for sharing output from the IGEM and EPPA models. Andy Bilich provided excellent research assistance. All remaining errors are my own. I declare that I have no relevant or material financial interests that relate to the research described in this paper. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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