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Pollution thresholds under uncertainty

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  • WIRL, FRANZ

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This study investigates the optimal use of dirty technologies for economic development and when to stop polluting (either temporarily or forever). This question is addressed within a real option framework where three different kinds of options arise: for stopping pollution temporarily or forever and for re-starting. The possibility to shelve a polluting technology temporarily allows for a more conservationist policy. Costs associated with the option of a re-start lead to hystereses effects that complicate empirical cross-country comparisons of environmental policies.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 11 (2006)
Issue (Month): 04 (August)
Pages: 493-506

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Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:11:y:2006:i:04:p:493-506_00

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  1. Kijima, Masaaki & Nishide, Katsumasa & Ohyama, Atsuyuki, 2011. "EKC-type transitions and environmental policy under pollutant uncertainty and cost irreversibility," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 746-763, May.
  2. MosiƱo, Alejandro, 2012. "Producing energy in a stochastic environment: Switching from non-renewable to renewable resources," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 413-430.
  3. Kijima, Masaaki & Nishide, Katsumasa & Ohyama, Atsuyuki, 2010. "Economic models for the environmental Kuznets curve: A survey," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 1187-1201, July.

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