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Distributional constraints and efficiency in a tradable permit market

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  • Hagem, Cathrine

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

  • Westskog, Hege

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

Abstract

It is a well known result that taking distributional constraints into account when allocating tradable permits to different agents can lead to an imperfectly competitive permit market. Hence, the emission target is no longer met at least cost. In this paper we suggest an allocation rule for permits which can handle this problem. If the permits are allocated twice during the same period, and the allocation in the second round is dependent on the market price for permits, this allocation rule can achieve both cost effectiveness and meet specific requirements for cost distribution across agents.

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  • Hagem, Cathrine & Westskog, Hege, 2006. "Distributional constraints and efficiency in a tradable permit market," Memorandum 09/2006, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2006_009
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    1. Cathrine Hagem & Hege Westskog, 2009. "Allocating Tradable Permits on the Basis of Market Price to Achieve Cost Effectiveness," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 42(2), pages 139-149, February.

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    Keywords

    Climate Change; Emission Permits; Allocation; Cost Effectiveness; Distributional Constraints;

    JEL classification:

    • Q52 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Pollution Control Adoption and Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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