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Bankable emission permits under uncertainty and optimal risk-management rules

  • Chevallier, Julien
  • Etner, Johanna
  • Jouvet, Pierre-André

This article proposes a theory of banking of emission permits under conditions of regulatory uncertainty. Based on a two-period partial equilibrium framework, we examine the effects of increasing risk - in the sense of a mean-preserving spread - regarding a future permits allocation at the firm-level. We also examine the role of an agency to pool risks by re-allocating permits for a group of firms. Our results are twofold. First, an increase in risk may lead to changes in a firm’s banking strategy, depending on the third partial derivative of its production function with respect to pollution. Second, we define an optimal risk-sharing rule between agents to respond to political decision changes. Our results overall suggest that the bankability of permits may be used as a risk-management tool.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/5385.

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Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Publication status: Published in Research in Economics, 2011, Vol. 65, no. 4. pp. 332-339.Length: 7 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/5385
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