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The price of silence tradeable noise permits and airports

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  • BRECHET, Thierry

    (Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE))

  • PICARD, Pierre

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This paper presents a market design for the management of noise disturbance created by aircraft traffic around large airports. A market for tradable noise permits allows noise generators to compensate harmed residents. We show that the noise permit markets allow the achievement of the planner's optimal allocation of flights provided that she/he does not over-weight the benefit of economic activity compared to the disutility of noise disturbances. The fact that zones are likely to be strategic players does not fundamentally alter this finding. Because of the market auctioneer's information constraints, noise permits are likely to redistribute windfall gains to residents located in non-critical zones. This entices landlords to increase their land/house rents there and to design smaller houses in the long run.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2007045.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2007045

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