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Public, private and nonprofit regulation for environmental quality

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  • Lucie Bottega

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    (LAMETA, Université de Montpellier 1)

  • Jenny De Freitas

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    (Universitat de les Illes Balears)

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This paper studies the welfare implications of different institutions certifying environmental quality supplied by a monopoly. The monopolist can voluntarily certify the quality of the product through an eco-label provided either by an NGO or a for-proft private certifier (PC). The NGO and the PC may use advertisement to promote the label. We compare the NGO and PC regimes with the regime where the regulator imposes a minimum quality standard. The presence of a private certifier in the market decreases the scope for public intervention. The availability of green advertisement reinforces the above result.

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Paper provided by Universitat de les Illes Balears, Departament d'Economía Aplicada in its series DEA Working Papers with number 33.

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Keywords: Environmental quality; certification; green advertisement; NGO; self-regulation.;

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