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Optimal growth with pollution : how to use pollution permits ?

  • Pierre-André Jouvet

    (GAINS et GREQAM)

  • Philippe Michel

    (GREQAM et EUREQua)

  • Gilles Rotillon

    (THEMA)

We study optimal growth and its decentralization in an overlapping generations model. The decentralization of an optimal path needs some specific taxes in addition to lump-sum transfers if there are externalities. The introduction of market of permits allows neutralizing the external environmental effects. We shows that there is a unique management of permits such that the equilibrium coincides with the optimal path : all permits should be auctioned i.e. no permits to firms. This conclusion is in contradiction with the usual pratice of grandfathering.

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Paper provided by Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) in its series Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques with number v04012.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2004
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Handle: RePEc:mse:wpsorb:v04012
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