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Choice and design of regulatory instruments in the presence of green consumers

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  • Bansal, Sangeeta

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Using a vertically differentiated product model, this paper examines welfare implications of various government policies in a situation where consumers are environmentally discerning. It studies ad valorem taxes/subsidies and emission taxes. The optimal policy depends on the magnitude of damage parameter associated with environmental externality. For a given distribution of tastes and preferences, as the damage parameter increases from a low to a high value, the optimal policy shifts from an ad valorem tax to an ad valorem subsidy. It also shows that for a sufficiently low damage parameter, an ad valorem tax dominates an emission tax.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resource and Energy Economics.

Volume (Year): 30 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 345-368

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Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:30:y:2008:i:3:p:345-368

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  1. Alexander Haupt & Magdalena Stadejek, 2010. "The Choice of Environmental Policy Instruments: Energy Efficiency and Redistribution," CESifo Working Paper Series 2986, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Doni, Nicola & Ricchiuti, Giorgio, 2013. "Market equilibrium in the presence of green consumers and responsible firms: A comparative statics analysis," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(3), pages 380-395.
  3. Brzeskot, Magdalena & Haupt, Alexander, 2013. "Environmental policy and the energy efficiency of vertically differentiated consumer products," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 444-453.
  4. Lizbeth Salgado-Beltrán & Joel Enrique Espejel-Blanco & Luis Felipe Beltrán-Morales, 2012. "Marketing Mix Influencing Organic Foods Purchase of Mexican Consumers," MIC 2012: Managing Transformation with Creativity; Proceedings of the 13th International Conference, Budapest, 22–24 November 2012 [Selected Papers], University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper.
  5. Brice ARNAUD, 2014. "Extended Producer Responsibility and Green Marketing: an Application to Packaging," Cahiers du GREThA 2014-04, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
  6. Isamu Matsukawa, 2012. "The Welfare Effects of Environmental Taxation on a Green Market Where Consumers Emit a Pollutant," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 52(1), pages 87-107, May.

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