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Targeted Enforcement and Aggregate Emissions With Uniform Emission Taxes

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  • Coria, Jessica

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Villegas-Palacio, Clara

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    (Facultad de Minas. Universidad Nacional de Colombia &)

Abstract

In practice, targeted monitoring seems to be a strategy frequently used by regulators. In this paper, we study the effects of targeted monitoring strategies on the adoption of a new abatement technology and, consequently, on the aggregate emissions level when firms are regulated with uniform taxes. The results suggest that a regulator aiming to stimulate technology adoption should decrease the adopters’ monitoring probability and/or increase the non-adopters’ monitoring probability. In contrast to previous literature, we find that, in some cases, a regulator whose objective is to minimize aggregate emissions should exert a stronger monitoring pressure on firms with higher abatement costs.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 455.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 07 Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0455

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Keywords: technology adoption; environmental policy; imperfect compliance; targeted enforcement;

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