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An Experimental Study of Electronic Bulletin Board Trading for Emission Permits

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  • Cason, T.N.
  • Gangadharan, L.

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This paper reports a laboratory experiment that studies several specific features of the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM), a tradable emission permit program intended to lower the cost of meeting federal air quality standards in the Los Angeles area. It assesses the impact of some permit trading rules and alternative regulatory policies on market performance. The experiment focuses on a new centralized system of trading called the Electronic Bulletin Board.

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  • Cason, T.N. & Gangadharan, L., 1997. "An Experimental Study of Electronic Bulletin Board Trading for Emission Permits," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 592, The University of Melbourne.
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    Keywords

    ENVIRONMENT ; EXPERIMENTS ; TRADE;

    JEL classification:

    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • K32 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Energy, Environmental, Health, and Safety Law

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