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Negotiating a Voluntary Agreement When Firms Self-Regulate

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  • Pierre Fleckinger

    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Matthieu Glachant

    () (CERNA i3 - Centre d'économie industrielle i3 - MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris - PSL - PSL Research University - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

Does self-regulation improve social welfare? We develop a policy game featuring a regulator and a firm that can unilaterally commit to better environmental or social behavior in order to preempt future public policy. We show that the answer depends on the set of policy instruments available to the regulator. Self-regulation improves welfare if the regulator can only use mandatory regulation: it reduces welfare when the regulator opts for a voluntary agreement. This suggests that self-regulation and voluntary agreements are not good complements from a welfare point of view. We derive the policy implications, and extend the basic model in several dimensions.

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  • Pierre Fleckinger & Matthieu Glachant, 2011. "Negotiating a Voluntary Agreement When Firms Self-Regulate," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00529632, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:hal-00529632
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2011.03.002
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    1. Kathleen Segerson, 2013. "Voluntary Approaches to Environmental Protection and Resource Management," Annual Review of Resource Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 5(1), pages 161-180, June.
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    Self-Regulation; Negotiation; Regulation Preemption; Voluntary Agreement;

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