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Pollution control and the Ramsey problem

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  • Frederick Ploeg
  • Cees Withagen

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Pollution is an inevitable by-product of production and is only gradually dissolved by the environment. It can be reduced by producing less and by cleaning up the environment, but neither occur when they are left to the market. Cleaning activities and the optimal emission charges increase with the stock of pollutants. When one allows for pollution of the environment in the classical Ramsey problem, the capital stock is less than in the market outcome and a fortiori less than under the golden rule. The analysis distinguishes between stock and flow externalities arising from pollution. An increase in impatience can lead to more capital accumulation, even though this leaves less room for current consumption. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

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  • Frederick Ploeg & Cees Withagen, 1991. "Pollution control and the Ramsey problem," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 1(2), pages 215-236, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:1:y:1991:i:2:p:215-236
    DOI: 10.1007/BF00310019
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    1. van Marrewijk, Charles & van der Ploeg, Federick & Verbeek, Jos, 1993. "Is growth bad for the environment? Pollution, abatement, and endogenous growth," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1151, The World Bank.
    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. Jouvet, Pierre-Andre & Michel, Philippe & Rotillon, Gilles, 2005. "Optimal growth with pollution: how to use pollution permits?," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 29(9), pages 1597-1609, September.
    4. Susanne Soretz, 2003. "Stochastic Pollution and Environmental Care in an Endogenous Growth Model," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 71(4), pages 448-469, July.
    5. Ossama Mikhail & J. Walter Milon & Richard Hofler, 2005. "Is Investment in Environmental Quality a Solution to Recessions? Studying the Welfare Effects of Green Animal Spirits," Others 0510010, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. H. Aaheim, 1999. "Climate Policy with Multiple Sources and Sinks of Greenhouse Gases," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 14(3), pages 413-430, October.
    7. George Economides & Apostolis Philippopoulos, 2005. "Should Green Governments Give Priority to Environmental Policies over Growth-Enhancing Policies?," CESifo Working Paper Series 1433, CESifo Group Munich.
    8. Kazuhito Kawaguchi, 2003. "Optimal Control of Pollution Accumulation with Long-Run Average Welfare," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 26(3), pages 457-468, November.
    9. Begoña Casino, 1999. "- Kuznets Curve And Transboundary Pollution," Working Papers. Serie EC 1999-20, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
    10. Marsiliani, Laura & Renström, Thomas I, 2003. "Inequality, Environmental Protection and Growth," CEPR Discussion Papers 3754, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    11. Laura Marsiliani & Thomas Renstrom, 2002. "Inequality, Environmental Protection and Growth," Wallis Working Papers WP35, University of Rochester - Wallis Institute of Political Economy.

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