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Prices vs Quantities: The Irrelevance of Irreversibility

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  • Baldursson, F.M.
  • von der Fehr, N.-H. M.

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We explore the efficacy of price and quantity controls in a dynamic set up in which the decisions of some agents are irreversible. We demonstrate that the assumption of irreversibility improves the performance of a tax relative that of a system of tradable quotas and significantly alters the optimal behavior of agents. We nevertheless conclude that taking account of the fact that agents' decisions may be irreversible does not lead to policy implications significantly different from those reached in a simpler model in which irreversibility is ignored.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 09/1998.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:1998_009

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Keywords: REGULATION ; TAXES ; UNCERTAINTY ; ENVIRONMENT;

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  1. Zhao, Jinhua, 2000. "Irreversible Abatement Investment Under Cost Uncertainties: Tradable Emission Permits And Emissions Charges," 2000 Annual meeting, July 30-August 2, Tampa, FL 21816, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  2. Michael Grubb, 2007. "The European Emissions Trading Scheme: An Overview of Operations and Lessons," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 5(4), pages 17-25, 06.
  3. Crépin, Anne-Sophie & Norberg, Jon & Mäler, Karl-Göran, 2011. "Coupled economic-ecological systems with slow and fast dynamics -- Modelling and analysis method," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(8), pages 1448-1458, June.
  4. Villegas, Clara & Coria, Jessica, 2009. "Taxes, Permits and the Adoption of Abatement Technology under Imperfect Compliance," Working Papers in Economics 368, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  5. Clara Villegas-Palacio & Jessica Coria, 2010. "On the interaction between imperfect compliance and technology adoption: taxes versus tradable emissions permits," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 38(3), pages 274-291, December.

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