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Costs of Inefficient Regulation: Evidence from the Bakken

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  • Lade, Gabriel
  • Rudik, Ivan

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Efficient pollution regulation equalizes marginal abatement costs across sources. We study a new flaring regulation in North Dakota and document its efficiency. We attribute most of the observed flaring reductions at new wells in the state since late 2014 to the regulation. We construct firm-specific marginal abatement cost curves and find that the same quantity of flaring reductions could have been achieved at 44% lower cost by taxing flared gas instead of imposing firm-specific requirements. Taxing flared gas at the existing public lands royalty rate would achieve 99% of the flaring reductions at 46% lower cost.
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  • Lade, Gabriel & Rudik, Ivan, 2018. "Costs of Inefficient Regulation: Evidence from the Bakken," 2018 Annual Meeting, August 5-7, Washington, D.C. 274448, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea18:274448
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.274448
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    Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis; Environmental and Nonmarket Valuation; Production Economics;
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    JEL classification:

    • L71 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Hydrocarbon Fuels
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy

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