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Abatement Technology Adoption Under Uncertainty

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  • Pommeret, Aude
  • Schubert, Katheline

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New technology has been credited with solving environmental problems by mitigating the effects of pollutants. We construct a general equilibrium model in which abatement technology is a real option and pollution's (negative) amenity value alters both risk aversion and the intertemporal elasticity of substitution. We derive the tax scheme such that in a decentralized economy agents adopt the abatement technology at the time that is socially optimal. We show that the higher the greenness of preferences, the earlier the adoption and the higher the optimal tax rate. We also obtain that adoption is fostered by uncertainty if the effective intertemporal elasticity of substitution is large enough, but is not affected by uncertainty if this elasticity is low. Moreover, the optimal tax rate, which only exists if the effective intertemporal elasticity of substitution is high, is an increasing function of uncertainty.
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  • Pommeret, Aude & Schubert, Katheline, 2009. "Abatement Technology Adoption Under Uncertainty," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 13(04), pages 493-522, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:macdyn:v:13:y:2009:i:04:p:493-522_08
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    1. Raouf Boucekkine & Aude Pommeret & Fabien Prieur, 2012. "Optimal Regime Switching and Threshold Effects: Theory and Application to a Resource Extraction Problem under Irreversibility," Working Papers 12-14, LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier, revised May 2012.
    2. Alain Ayong Le Kama & Aude Pommeret & Fabien Prieur, 2014. "Optimal Emission Policy under the Risk of Irreversible Pollution," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 16(6), pages 959-980, December.
    3. Mosiño, Alejandro & Pommeret, Aude, 2015. "Switching to clean(er) technologies in a stochastic environment," MPRA Paper 83841, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Dorothée Charlier & Alejandro Mosino & Aude Pommeret, 2011. "Energy-saving Technology Adoption under Uncertainty in the Residential Sector," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 103-104, pages 43-70.
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    7. Boucekkine, R. & Pommeret, A. & Prieur, F., 2013. "Optimal regime switching and threshold effects," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 2979-2997.
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    9. Aznar-Márquez, J. & Ruiz-Tamarit, J.R., 2016. "Environmental pollution, sustained growth, and sufficient conditions for sustainable development," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 439-449.
    10. Frank N. Caliendo & Aspen Gorry & Sita Slavov, 2015. "The Cost of Uncertainty about the Timing of Social Security Reform," NBER Working Papers 21585, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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