Linear Pigovian taxes and the optimal size of a polluting industry
Confusion surrounding the appropriateness of long-run considerations in effluent regulation has arisen in the literature and recently carried over into textbooks. We use a factor input model under oligopsony to show that, when firms can influence the level of marginal damages, a linear pollution tax does not satisfy the long-run entry-exit condition. Previous results to the contrary are shown to depend on restrictive assumptions. Efficient policy design requires a lump-sum refund or any one of various non-linear pricing schemes.
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Volume (Year): 33 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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