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The Effects of Pollution Taxes on Urban Areas with an Endogenous Plant Location

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  • Hong Hwang
  • Chao-Cheng Mai

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    This paper has integrated space into the effect of a direct pollution control on the pollution damage of heavily populated areas like CBD. This integration gives us some new insights into the effectiveness of a pollution tax as a pollution control device when the plant location of the firm is endogenized. It is shown that when the plant location is endogenous, as pollution taxes become higher, the firm moves its plant towards the CBD, causing higher pollution damage to the CBD residents, if the production function exhibits decreasing returns to scale. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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    Article provided by European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (September)
    Pages: 57-65

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:29:y:2004:i:1:p:57-65

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    Keywords: endogenous plant location; pollution taxes;

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    1. Biing-Shiunn Yang & Chao-Cheng Mai, 2013. "The impact of uncertain environmental regulatory policy on optimal plant location and anti-pollution technology selection," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 50(3), pages 753-769, June.
    2. Hsin-I Fan & Yeung-Nan Shieh, 2009. "Pollution Taxes and Location Decision under Free Entry Oligopoly," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(1), pages 244-252.

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