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To Trade or Not to Trade: Firm-Level Analysis of Emissions Trading in Santiago, Chile

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  • Coria, Jessica
  • Löfgren, Åsa
  • Sterner, Thomas

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Whether tradable permits are appropriate for transition and developing economies—given their special social and cultural circumstances, such as the lack of institutions and lack of expertise with market-based policies—is much debated. We conducted interviews and surveyed a sample of firms subject to emissions trading programs in Santiago, Chile, one of the first cities outside the OECD that has implemented such trading. The information gathered allowed us to study which factors affect the performance of the trading programs in practice and the challenges and advantages of applying tradable permits in less developed countries.

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Paper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-09-25-efd.

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Date of creation: 06 Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-09-25-efd

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Keywords: tradable permits; developing countries; environmental policy; environmental institutions;

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  1. Caffera, Marcelo, 2011. "The use of economic instruments for pollution control in Latin America: lessons for future policy design," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 16(03), pages 247-273, June.

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