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Indirect Methods for Regulating Externalities Under Uncertainty

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It is sometimes necessary or appropriate to correct an externality by intervening in the market for a privately traded commodity with which the externality is linked. In these situations ad valorem taxation is a viable policy option. It is argued that some combination of specific and ad valorem taxes will always outperform regulations which fix price administratively, but that quantity standards may outperform taxes. The analysis is applied to a problem in international trade.

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  • Evan F. Koenig, 1985. "Indirect Methods for Regulating Externalities Under Uncertainty," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 100(2), pages 479-493.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:100:y:1985:i:2:p:479-493.
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    1. Haim Shalit, 1995. "Mean-Gini analysis of stochastic externalities: The case of groundwater contamination," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 6(1), pages 37-52, July.
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    7. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 1995. "Leading issues in domestic environmental regulation: A review essay," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(1), pages 23-39, January.

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