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Dynamic Quotas with Learning

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  • Karp, Larry
  • Costello, Christopher J

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We study the optimal quota sequence, in a stationary environment, where a regulator and a non-strategic firm have asymmetric information, The regulator is able to learn about the unknown cost parameter by using a quota that is slack with positive probability, It is never optimal for the regulator to learn gradually, In the first period, he either ignores the possibility of learning, or he tries to improve his information, Regardless of the outcome in the first period, he never experiments in subsequent periods.

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  • Karp, Larry & Costello, Christopher J, 2000. "Dynamic Quotas with Learning," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt88x3f17p, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
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    1. Karp, Larry & Zhang, Jiangfeng, 2001. "Bayesian Learning and the Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt2fr0783c, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.

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