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Combining Price and Quantity Controls under Partitioned Environmental Regulation

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  • Abrell, Jan
  • Rausch, Sebastian

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This paper analyzes hybrid emissions trading systems (ETS) under partitioned environmental regulation when firms’ abatement costs and future emissions are uncertain. We show that hybrid policies that introduce bounds on the price or the quantity of abatement provide a way to hedge against differences in marginal abatement costs across partitions. Price bounds are more efficient than abatement bounds as they also use information on firms’ abatement technologies while abatement bounds can only address emissions uncertainty. Using a numerical stochastic optimization model with equilibrium constraints for the European carbon market, we find that introducing hybrid policies in EU ETS reduces expected excess abatement costs of achieving targeted emissions reductions under EU climate policy by up to 89 percent. We also find that under partitioned regulation there is a high likelihood for hybrid policies to yield sizeable ex-post cost reductions.

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  • Abrell, Jan & Rausch, Sebastian, 2016. "Combining Price and Quantity Controls under Partitioned Environmental Regulation," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145726, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    1. Burmeister, Johannes & Peterson, Sonja, 2016. "National climate policies in times of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)," Kiel Working Papers 2052, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    2. Jan Abrell & Sebastian Rausch & Hidemichi Yonezawa, 2016. "Higher Price, Lower Costs? Minimum Prices in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 16/243, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.

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    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques

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