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Pollution markets with imperfectly observed emissions

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  • Juan-Pablo Montero

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I study the advantages of pollution permit markets over traditional standard regulations when the regulator has incomplete information on firms’ emissions and costs of production and abatement (e.g., air pollution in large cities). Because the regulator only observes each firm’s abatement technology but neither its emissions nor its output, there are cases in which standards can lead to lower emissions and, hence, welfare dominate permits. If permits are optimally combined with standards, in many cases this hybrid policy converges to the permits-alone policy but (almost) never to the standards-alone policy.

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research in its series Working Papers with number 0414.

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  1. James Alm & H. Spencer Banzhaf, 2011. "Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment in a Decentralized Fiscal System," Working Papers 1104, Tulane University, Department of Economics.
  2. Juan-Pablo Montero, 2004. "Tradable permits with incomplete monitoring - Evidence from Santiago's particulate permits program," Working Papers 0415, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research.
  3. Christian Salas, 2010. "Evaluating Public Policies with High Frequency Data: Evidence for Driving Restrictions in Mexico City Revisited," Documentos de Trabajo 374, Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile..
  4. Tang, Erzi & Liu, Fengchao & Zhang, Jingjing & Yu, Jiao, 2014. "A model to analyze the environmental policy of resource reallocation and pollution control based on firms' heterogeneity," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 88-91.
  5. Juan Pablo Montero, 2005. "Tradable Permits with Incomplete Monitoring: Evidence from SantiagosÂ’s Particulate Permits Programs," Documentos de Trabajo 278, Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile..
  6. Juan-Pablo Montero, 2004. "Markets for environmental protection: design and performance incomplete enforcement," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 31(1 Year 20), pages 79-99, June.
  7. Shouyong Shi & Zhe Li, 2010. "Emission Tax or Standard: The Roles of Productivity Dispersion and Abatement," 2010 Meeting Papers 587, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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