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Inducing investments and regulating externalities by command versus taxes

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  • Glazer, Amihai

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A linear tax on an externality-generating activity may not attain the first-best social optimum. The problem arises because a monopolist’s gain from improving the characteristics of a product may differ from the social gain, even when consumers are willing to pay for the change.

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  • Glazer, Amihai, 1997. "Inducing investments and regulating externalities by command versus taxes," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt4hx0h53n, University of California Transportation Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:uctcwp:qt4hx0h53n
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    1. Jyh-Bang Jou, 2001. "Environment, Asset Characteristics, and Optimal Effluent Fees," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 20(1), pages 27-39, September.
    2. Greene, David L, 1998. "Why CAFE worked," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 26(8), pages 595-613, July.

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