Do Voluntary Carbon Offsets Work?

Joshua S Gans 1 , 1
  • 1 Melbourne Business School

Voluntary purchases of offsets for carbon emissions have been criticized as potentially increasing emissions. However, Joshua S. Gans argues that even if offsets do increase the consumption of carbon intensive goods, net emissions will always fall because these goods will become less carbon intensive.

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