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Implications of nonlinearity in environmental instrument choice

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  • Kathy Paulson-Gjerde

    () (Butler University)

  • Peter Z Grossman

    () (Butler University)

Abstract

The classic paper by Weitzman (1974) on environmental instrument choice showed that relative efficiency of a price or quantity instrument depended on the elasticities of the marginal cost and benefit functions. Linear models with additive or multiplicative errors lent support for many of Weitzman's results. This paper investigates nonlinear functions and again shows Weitzman largely correct. Moreover it supports a conjecture he made about the relative efficacy of price versus quantity instruments.

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  • Kathy Paulson-Gjerde & Peter Z Grossman, 2015. "Implications of nonlinearity in environmental instrument choice," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(4), pages 2252-2257.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-15-00165
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    Keywords

    Environmental Instrument choice; nonlinearity;

    JEL classification:

    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics

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