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Research article2021Peer reviewedOpen access

Coupled agricultural subsidies in the EU undermine climate efforts

Jansson, Torbjorn; Nordin, Ida; Wilhelmsson, Fredrik; Witzke, Peter; Manevska-Tasevska, Gordana; Weiss, Franz; Gocht, Alexander


Subsidizing polluting industries generally leads to increased pollution locally. However, given the diversity of production technologies across countries and international trade, the global impact of unilateral policies is not a priori clear. We use the agricultural sector model CAPRI to simulate the impact of removing the voluntary coupled support for ruminants, presently permitted under the EU Common Agricultural Policy. We find that this reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. However, emissions leakage significantly diminishes the global mitigation effect since about 3/4 of the reduction in the EU is offset by increased emissions in the rest of the world.


Agricultural Policy; Climate Change; Coupled Support; Emissions Leakage; EU; Q18; Q54; Q17

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Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy
2021, Volume: 43, number: 4, pages: 1503-1519

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