Evolution of the global distribution of carbon dioxide: A finite mixture analysis

Michele Battisti, Michael S. Delgado, Christopher F. Parmeter

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Economists and environmental policymakers have recently begun advocating a bottom-up approach to climate change mitigation, focusing on reduction targets for groups of nations, rather than large scale global policies. We advance this discussion by conducting a rigorous empirical analysis of the global distribution of carbon emissions along several important dimensions: groupings, polarization, mobility, and volatility. In contrast to previous work, our empirical analysis is both comprehensive and data-driven. We discuss how robust empirical evidence may aid policymakers in forging a heterogeneous carbon abatement policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-52
Number of pages22
JournalResource and Energy Economics
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Abatement policy
  • Carbon emissions
  • Emissions groups
  • Finite mixture models
  • Heterogeneity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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