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Wilcoxen chapter on energy, the environment and US economic growth featured in Handbook

Feb 26, 2013

Energy, the Environment and U.S. Economic Growth

Dale W. Jorgenson, Richard J. Goettle, Mun S. Ho & Peter J. Wilcoxen

Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, February 2013

Peter Wilcoxen

Peter Wilcoxen

The point of departure for the study of the impact of energy and environmental policies is the neoclassical theory of economic growth formulated by Cass (1965) and Koopmans (1967). The long-run properties of economic growth models are independent of energy and environmental policies. However, these policies affect capital accumulation and rates of productivity growth that determine the intermediate-run trends that are important for policy evaluation. Heterogeneity of different energy producers and consumers is critical for the evaluation of energy and environmental policies. To capture this heterogeneity it is necessary to distinguish among commodities, industries and households. Econometric methods are essential for summarizing information on different industries and consumer groups in a form suitable for general equilibrium modeling.

In this chapter, the authors consider the application of econometric general equilibrium modeling to the U.S. – the economy that has been studied most intensively. The framework for the authors' analysis is provided by the Intertemporal General Equilibrium Model (IGEM) introduced by Jorgenson and Wilcoxen (1998). The new version of the IGEM presented in this paper is employed for the evaluation of proposed legislation on climate policy by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2012b).