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Public Good Provision with Robust Decision Making

  • Konstantinos Angelopoulos
  • George Economides
  • Apostolis Philippopoulos

In this paper, we study a two-country dynamic setup with environmental externalities and potential model misspecification in relation to this public good. Under model uncertainty, robust policies help to correct the inefficiencies associated with free riding on public good provision, implying that there are welfare benefits from robust policies even when the fear of model misspecification proves to be unfounded. However, the incentive to free ride on the precautionary policies of the other country may discourage the implementation of robust policies, despite their welfare superiority.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3996
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  1. Justin Svec, 2010. "Optimal Fiscal Policy with Robust Control," Working Papers 1004, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  2. Dennis, Richard, 2010. "How robustness can lower the cost of discretion," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 57(6), pages 653-667, September.
  3. Konstantinos Angelopoulos & George Economides & Apostolis Philippopoulos, 2010. "First-and second-best allocations under economic and environmental uncertainty," Working Papers 2010_35, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
  4. Athanassoglou, Stergios & Xepapadeas, Anastasios, 2012. "Pollution control with uncertain stock dynamics: When, and how, to be precautious," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 63(3), pages 304-320.
  5. Vardas, Giannis & XEPAPADEAS, Anastasios, 2008. "Model Uncertainty, Ambiguity and the Precautionary Principle: Implications for Biodiversity Management," MPRA Paper 10236, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. George Economides & Apostolis Philippopoulos, 2008. "Growth enhancing policy is the means to sustain the environment," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 11(1), pages 207-219, January.
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