Emission Targets and Equilibrium Choice of Technique
AbstractWe study the technological pre-conditions for a cost-minimizing choice of technique in the presence of government emission targets on by- products of production. Whether a by-product is a desirable commodity or an undesirable pollutant is determined endogeneously as part of the price-quantity equilibrium solution. Non-trivial counter-examples highlight the potential risk of over-ambitious pollution targets. We show that pollution targets can be supported by the appropriate taxes providing that technology allows for a certain type of labour-intensive pollution abatement activities. Our proof is constructive: the tax equilibria we posit can be computed by the Lemke Complementary Pivoting Algorithm.
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Multisectoral Growth Theory; Choice of Technique; Pollution Taxes; Permit Markets; Lemke Algorithm;
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- Martin Diedrich, 2002. "Emission Targets and Equilibrium Choice of Technique," Keele Economics Research Papers KERP 2002/12, Centre for Economic Research, Keele University.
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- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
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