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Regulating pollution with endogenous monitoring

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  • K. Millock

    (CIRED - Centre International de Recherche sur l'Environnement et le Développement - ENGREF - Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts - CIRAD - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • D. Sunding

    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 207 Giannini Hall, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-3310 - affiliation inconnue)

  • D. Zilberman

    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 207 Giannini Hall, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-3310, United States - affiliation inconnue)

Abstract

The paper offers a new perspective on nonpoint source pollution by explicitly considering the cost of monitoring individual emissions. The distinction between point and nonpoint source pollution is shown to depend on the cost of monitoring, the environmental cost of pollution, and the impact of monitoring on profits. A regulatory scheme of differential taxation is proposed, wherein taxes are predicated on whether the agent has installed an emissions monitoring device. The optimal degree of monitoring as well as conditions for optimal regulation in the extreme cases of no monitoring and full monitoring, is identified. © 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).

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  • K. Millock & D. Sunding & D. Zilberman, 2002. "Regulating pollution with endogenous monitoring," Post-Print hal-00716791, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00716791
    DOI: 10.1006/jeem.2001.1208
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal-enpc.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00716791
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