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Pollution and Labor Market Search Externalities Over the Business Cycle

John Gibson, Garth Heutel

NBER Working Paper No. 27445
Issued in June 2020
NBER Program(s):Environment and Energy Economics

We study the relationship between unemployment, environmental policy, and business cycles. We develop a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium real business cycle model that includes both a pollution externality and congestion externalities from labor market search frictions, which generate unemployment. We consider two policies to address the market failures: an emissions tax and a tax or subsidy on job creation. With both policies present, the efficient outcome can be achieved. When one policy is constrained or absent, we solve for the second best. The absence of a vacancy policy to address the congestion externalities substantially affects the value of the emissions tax, both in steady state and over the business cycle.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w27445

 
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