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Tradable pollution permits in dynamic general equilibrium: can optimality and acceptability be reconciled?

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  • BRECHET, Thierry

    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE and Chair Lhoist Berghmans in Environmental Economics and Management, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • JOUVET, Pierre - André

    (EconomiX, Université de Paris Ouest, Nanterre – La Défense, France)

  • ROTILLON, Gilles

    (EconomiX, Université de Paris Ouest, Nanterre – La Défense, France)

Abstract

In this paper we study the optimal growth path and its decentralization in a two-sector overlapping- generations model with pollution. One sector (power generation) is polluting and the other (final good) is not. Pollution is regulated by tradable emission permits. The issue is whether the optimal growth path can be replicated in equilibrium with pollution permits, given that some permits must be issued free of charge for the sake of political acceptability. We provide a policy rule that allows optimality and acceptability to be reconciled.

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  • BRECHET, Thierry & JOUVET, Pierre - André & ROTILLON, Gilles, 2010. "Tradable pollution permits in dynamic general equilibrium: can optimality and acceptability be reconciled?," LIDAM Discussion Papers CORE 2010056, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    Keywords

    general equilibrium; optimal growth; pollution; tradable emission permits; acceptability;
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    JEL classification:

    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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