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Tradable Permits with Incomplete Monitoring: Evidence from Santiagos’s Particulate Permits Programs

  • Juan-Pablo Montero

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    (Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.)

I explore the advantages of tradable emission permits over uniform emission standards when the regulator has incomplete information on firms’ emissions and costs of production and abatement (e.g., air pollution in large cities). Because the regulator only observes each firm’s abatement technology but neither its emissions nor its output, there are cases in which standards can lead to lower emissions and, hence, welfare dominate permits. I then empirically examine these issues using evidence from a particulate permits market in Santiago, Chile.

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Paper provided by Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. in its series Documentos de Trabajo with number 278.

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Date of creation: 2005
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