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Output-based allocations in pollution markets with uncertainty and self-selection

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  • Juan-Pablo Montero
  • Guy Meunier
  • Jean-Pierre Ponssard

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We study pollution permit markets in which a fraction of permits are allocated to firms based on their output. Output-based allocations, which are receiving increasing attention in the design of carbon markets around the world (e.g., Europe, California, New Zealand), are shown to be optimal under demand and supply volatility despite the output distortions they may create. In a market that covers multiple sectors, the optimal design combines auctioned permits with output-based allocations that are specific to each sector and increasing in its volatility. When firms are better informed about the latter or must self select, the regulator resort to some free (i.e., lump-sum) allocations to sort firms out.

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  • Juan-Pablo Montero & Guy Meunier & Jean-Pierre Ponssard, 2016. "Output-based allocations in pollution markets with uncertainty and self-selection," Documentos de Trabajo 476, Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile..
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    1. Ian Lange & Peter Maniloff, 2017. "Updating Allowance Allocations in Cap-and-Trade: Evidence from the NOx Budget Program," Working Papers 2017-01, Colorado School of Mines, Division of Economics and Business.
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    3. Meunier, Guy & Montero, Juan-Pablo & Ponssard, Jean-Pierre, 2017. "Using output-based allocations to manage volatility and leakage in pollution markets," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(S1), pages 57-65.

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    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • L74 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Construction

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