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Domestic effects of environmental policies with transboundary pollution

  • CAVAGNAC Michel

    (LERNA, TSE)

  • PECHOUX Isabelle

We model environmental interaction among countries as a policy game where governments in each country use quotas or taxes as strategy variables. The environmental policy has a triple role to play: targeting domestic emissions, providing strategic advantages for domestic firms and targeting imported pollution. Using a multi-sector economic model, we show that, besides the well-known inefficiencies arising at the international level, the environmental policy may lead to purely domestic inefficiencies.

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Paper provided by LERNA, University of Toulouse in its series LERNA Working Papers with number 07.07.228.

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Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ler:wpaper:07.07.228
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