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Investment Subsidies and Time-Consistent Environmental Policy

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  • Abrego, Lisandro
  • Perroni, Carlo

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We describe a model of dynamic pollution abatement choices with heterogeneous agents, where, due to the presence of a distributional objective and to the absence of incentive-compatible compensation mechanisms, the choice of a second-best level of emission taxation is time-inconsistent. In this model, we investigate whether investment subsidies can act as a substitute for policy commitment.

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  • Abrego, Lisandro & Perroni, Carlo, 1999. "Investment Subsidies and Time-Consistent Environmental Policy," Economic Research Papers 269254, University of Warwick - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uwarer:269254
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.269254
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    Keywords

    Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation

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