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An Experimental Analysis of Compliance in Dynamic Emissions Markets

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  • John K. Stranlund

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    (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • James J. Murphy

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    (Department of Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage)

  • John M. Spraggon

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    (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Abstract

Two important design elements for emission trading programs are whether and to what extent firms are able to bank emissions permits, and how these programs are to be enforced. In this paper we present results from laboratory emissions markets designed to investigate enforcement and compliance when these markets allow permit banking. Banking is motivated by a decrease in the aggregate permit supply in the middle of multi-period trading sessions. Consistent with theoretical insights, our experiments suggest that high permit violation penalties have little deterrence value in dynamic emissions markets, and that the main challenge of enforcing these programs is to motivate truthful self-reports of emissions.

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Paper provided by University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011-01.

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Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 62(3):414-429.
Handle: RePEc:ala:wpaper:2011-01

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Keywords: Compliance; Enforcement; Emissions trading; Laboratory experiments; Permit markets; Permit banking;

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  1. Stranlund, John K. & Moffitt, L. Joe, 2014. "Enforcement and price controls in emissions trading," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 67(1), pages 20-38.
  2. Coria, Jessica & Villegas-Palacio, Clara & Cárdenas, Juan Camilo, 2011. "Should we tax or let firms trade emissons? An experimental analysis with policy implications for developing countries," Working Papers in Economics 516, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  3. Friesen, Lana & Gangadharan, Lata, 2013. "Designing self-reporting regimes to encourage truth telling: An experimental study," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 90-102.
  4. Todd Cherry & David McEvoy, 2013. "Enforcing Compliance with Environmental Agreements in the Absence of Strong Institutions: An Experimental Analysis," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 54(1), pages 63-77, January.
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