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Experimental evaluations of policy instruments

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    Experimental methods have recently been used to evaluate environmental policy instruments, in particular -- and most suitably, it seems -- emissions trading programs of various designs. Some studies have focused on domestic emissions trading programs, while others have focused on international programs, in particular ones related to green-house gases. Much emphasis has been put on investigating the implications of market power in emissions trading. Other topics of the experimental studies reviewed here include the relative merits of different policy instruments (permits, taxes, standards), and the possibility of eliminating the need for conventional environmental policy through application of the Coase theorem.

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  • K. G. Mäler & J. R. Vincent (ed.), 2003. "Handbook of Environmental Economics," Handbook of Environmental Economics, Elsevier, edition 1, volume 1, number 1, June.
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    3. Marc Chesney & Luca Taschini & Mei Wang, 2011. "Regulated and non-regulated companies, technology adoption in experimental markets for emission permits, and options contracts," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 37577, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Neil J. Buckley & S. Mestelman & Andrew Muller, 2004. "Implications of Alternative Emission Trading Plans: Experimental Evidence," Department of Economics Working Papers 2004-07, McMaster University.
    5. Bodo Sturm & Joachim Weimann, 2006. "Experiments in Environmental Economics and Some Close Relatives," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 20(3), pages 419-457, 07.
    6. L. Gangadharan & A. Farrell & R. Croson, 2005. "Investment Decisions and Emissions Reductions : Results from Experiments in Emissions Trading," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 942, The University of Melbourne.

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