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Dominant Agent and Intertemporal Emissions Trading

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  • Hagem, Cathrine

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Westskog, Hege

    () (CICERO, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research,)

Abstract

In this paper we analyze how restricting intertemporal trading by prohibiting borrowing of emission permits affects the ability of a dominant agent to exploit its market power, and the consequences this has for the cost-effectiveness of implementing an emissions target. We show that the monopolist could take advantage of the constraint on borrowing by distributing the sale of permits ineffectively across periods, and moreover that this inefficiency is influenced by the way permits are initially allocated between agents. A cost-effective distribution of abatement across periods can be achieved by an appropriate distribution of the total endowments of permits over time for each agent.

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  • Hagem, Cathrine & Westskog, Hege, 2005. "Dominant Agent and Intertemporal Emissions Trading," Memorandum 04/2005, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2005_004
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    Keywords

    pollution permits; intertemporal trading; market power; borrowing constraint;

    JEL classification:

    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • H74 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Borrowing
    • Q52 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Pollution Control Adoption and Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects

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