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Permit market auctions with allowance reserves

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  • Khezr, Peyman
  • MacKenzie, Ian A.

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This article investigates multi-unit uniform-price auctions with allowance reserves, where a fixed quantity of units is supplemented by an additional supply reserve. The reserve automatically releases units if a sufficiently high price is triggered. This mechanism is commonly used in pollution permit auctions. The main justification for implementing an allowance reserve is to assist in cost containment. We show—paradoxically—that incorporating an allowance reserve into a permit auction may increase the clearing price. This has implications for all major cap-and-trade markets, including the US Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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  • Khezr, Peyman & MacKenzie, Ian A., 2018. "Permit market auctions with allowance reserves," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 283-306.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:61:y:2018:i:c:p:283-306
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2018.09.005
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    Multi-unit auction; Pollution permit; Allowance reserve;
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    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • Q52 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Pollution Control Adoption and Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects

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