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Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Experience with Cap-and-Trade

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  • Robert Stavins

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This essay provides an overview of the major emissions trading programs of the past thirty years on which significant documentation exists, and draws a number of important lessons for future applications of this environmental policy instrument. References to a larger number of other emissions trading programs that have been implemented or proposed are included

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  • Richard Schmalensee & Robert Stavins, 2015. "Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Experience with Cap-and-Trade," NBER Working Papers 21742, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
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