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Teaching Tools: A Pollution Rights Trading Game

  • Nugent, Rachel A
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    This article describes a classroom game in which students simulate the U.S. EPA's market for emission allowances to understand the efficiency benefits of market-based incentives for pollution control. It can be used in either a principles or environmental economics course. Acting as managers of coal-fired power plants facing different clean-up costs, students compare the cost of pollution reduction to the cost of acquiring permits to emit pollution. The game can be conducted in one fifty-minute class period with discussion of the results carried over to the next class. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

    Volume (Year): 35 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 (July)
    Pages: 679-85

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:35:y:1997:i:3:p:679-85
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