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Prices versus Quantities versus Hybrids in the Presence of Co-pollutants

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  • Stranlund, John K.
  • Son, Insung

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We investigate the optimal regulation of a pollutant given its interaction with another controlled pollutant under asymmetric information about firms’ abatement costs. The co-pollutant is regulated, but perhaps not efficiently. Our focus is on optimal instrument choice in this setting, and we derive rules for determining whether a pollutant should be regulated with an emissions tax, tradable permits, or a hybrid price and quantity policy, given the regulation of its co-pollutant. The policy choices depend on the relative slopes of the damage functions for both pollutants and the aggregate marginal abatement cost function, including whether the pollutants are complements or substitutes in abatement and whether the co-pollutant is controlled with a tax or tradable permits.

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  • Stranlund, John K. & Son, Insung, 2015. "Prices versus Quantities versus Hybrids in the Presence of Co-pollutants," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205422, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.
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    1. repec:eee:jeeman:v:87:y:2018:i:c:p:114-134 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Ambec, Stefan & Coria, Jessica, 2018. "Policy spillovers in the regulation of multiple pollutants," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 114-134.
    3. repec:eee:resene:v:52:y:2018:i:c:p:124-136 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Crago, Christine L. & Stranlund, John K., 2015. "Optimal regulation of carbon and co-pollutants with spatially differentiated damages," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205594, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.

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    Keywords

    Emissions trading; emissions taxes; cap-and-trade; uncertainty; price controls; hybrid policies; prices vs. quantities; Environmental Economics and Policy; L51; Q58;

    JEL classification:

    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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