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Optimal growth with pollution: how to use pollution permits?

  • Jouvet, Pierre-Andre
  • Michel, Philippe
  • Rotillon, Gilles

We study optimal growth and its decentralization in an overlapping generations model. The decentralization of an optimal path needs some specific taxes in addition to lump-sum transfers if there are externalities. The introduction of market of permits allows neutralizing the external environmental effects. We shows that there is a unique management of permits such that the equilibrium coincides with the optimal path : all permits should be auctioned i.e. no permits to firms. This conclusion is in contradiction with the usual pratice of grandfathering.

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Volume (Year): 29 (2005)
Issue (Month): 9 (September)
Pages: 1597-1609

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:29:y:2005:i:9:p:1597-1609
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