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Does the Varian Mechanism Work?--Emissions Trading as an Example

  • Yasuyo Hamaguchi

    (Faculty of Economics, Kyoto sangyo University, Japan)

  • Satoshi Mitani

    (Matsui Securities Co., Ltd., Japan)

  • Tatsuyoshi Saijo

    (Institute of social and Economic Research, Osaka University, Japan)

This paper investigates whether Varian's(1994) compensation mechanism can work in a laboratory. The results show that this mechanism does not work as in the theory. We found that the magnitude of penalties crucially affects subjects' behavior.

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Article provided by College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan in its journal International Journal of Business and Economics.

Volume (Year): 2 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 85-96

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Handle: RePEc:ijb:journl:v:2:y:2003:i:2:p:85-96
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