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Market-Based Environmental Policies: What Can We Learn from U.S. Experience and Related Research?

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  • Stavins, Robert

    (Harvard U and Resources for the Future)

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This paper reviews lessons that can be learned from U.S. experiences with market-based environmental policies and from related research. Highlights of U.S. experience are summarized with four categories of policy instruments: pollution charges; tradable permits; market friction reductions; and government subsidy reductions. Normative lessons are considered in three areas: design and implementation; analysis of prospective and adopted systems; and identification of new applications. Positive political economy lessons are also reviewed.

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Paper provided by Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in its series Working Paper Series with number rwp03-031.

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