I'm looking for somebody to write a Term Paper under the general theme of
"Climate Change, Trade and Competitiveness"
Depending on the skills of the writer, we will agree on a subtitle.
Those may be some EXAMPLES that I have in mind:
- What does Competitiveness Really Mean? (i.e. how is the competitiveness of countries and companies impacted through climate mitigation? How is it impacted through climate adaptation? Are countries and companies one and the same? Is "competitiveness" the right paradigm through which to explore our response to climate change?)
- The Impact and Functioning of Emissions Trading Schemes / or a look at Carbon Markets more generally (here your paper could examine, for instance, how carbon markets have been established, how they function, and whether they alleviate competitiveness concerns by reducing the compliance costs of firms. You could also explore the various problems involved in these schemes, such as the collapse of the carbon price to zero under the EU ETS in 2006-07).
- The Role of Technology Transfer and Cooperation (here you may wish to focus on technology, going into a discussion of intellectual property rights, and whether they help or hurt the fight against climate change. Are they a barrier to accessing clean technology, in particular in the developing world? Are there technological solutions to climate change? You could also focus on your paper on a particular technology, like solar power, and how the development of, and access to that technology, could boost trade and competitiveness as well as help solve climate change)
- The Impact of Developing Country "Differentiation" (here you could explore proposals currently on the negotiating table to "differentiate" between developing countries that are at different stages of economic development, in terms of their level of obligations under a new climate treaty. What are the political, economic, and other implications of such "differentiation" on the international stage? How would such differentiation re-shape North-South, but also South-South, relations? Would such "differentiation" spill-over into other spheres of global policy-making?)
Approximatley 15-20 Pages
This is NOT in the framework of a science degree. Perspective has to be rather from an economist's point of view. This is part of a masters degree, so perfect language skills (English) are required.
Paper will be assessed based on the extent of the research work conducted in their preparation, and the level of analysis they reflect on the general theme of the course. Some papers may choose to focus more competitiveness, than on trade, and this would be acceptable.
I will provide extensive research on the topic, studies, articles etc. Further research (by the writer) might be useful for digging deeper into the topic. I would highly appreciate a writer with previous knowledge in the area of the whole Climate Change debate going on (Kyoto Protocoll, Bangkok Summit, Bonn Negotiations and the upcomming Copenhagen Talks).
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I will also provide guidelines on academic writing.