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Prices vs. Quantities: The Irrelevance of Irreversibility

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  • Fridrik M. Baldursson
  • Nils-Henrik M. von der Fehr

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We explore the efficacy of price and quantity controls in a dynamic setup in which the decisions of some agents are irreversible. The assumption of irreversibility is shown to improve the performance of a tax relative to that of a system of tradable quotas and significantly alter the equilibrium behavior of agents. We nevertheless conclude that taking into account the fact that agents' decisions may be irreversible does not lead to policy implications significantly different from those reached in a simpler model in which irreversibility is ignored. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics", 2004 .

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Volume (Year): 106 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 805-821

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  2. Zhao, Jinhua, 2003. "Irreversible abatement investment under cost uncertainties: tradable emission permits and emissions charges," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(12), pages 2765-2789, December.
  3. Villegas, Clara & Coria, Jessica, 2009. "Taxes, Permits, and the Adoptation of Abatement Technology under Imperfect Compliance," Discussion Papers dp-09-20-efd, Resources For the Future.
  4. Clara Villegas-Palacio & Jessica Coria, 2010. "On the interaction between imperfect compliance and technology adoption: taxes versus tradable emissions permits," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 38(3), pages 274-291, December.
  5. Michael Grubb, 2007. "The European Emissions Trading Scheme: An Overview of Operations and Lessons," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 5(4), pages 17-25, 06.

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