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Pollution Permits, Imperfect Competition and Abatement Technologies

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Under imperfect competition, the effect of a cap-and-trade system on indus- try profits depends on the type of abatement technology that is used by firms: industries that use process-integrated technologies are more affected than those using end-of-pipe abatement technologies. The interaction between environmental policy and the evolution of the market structure is then studied. In particular, a reserve of pollution permits for new entrants is justified when the industry uses a process-integrated abatement technology, while a system with a preemption right may be justified in the case of end-of-pipe abatement technology.

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Paper provided by CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich in its series CER-ETH Economics working paper series with number 13/186.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:eth:wpswif:13-186

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Keywords: Cap-and-trade system; imperfect competition; abatement technologies.;

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