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Economics, Economists, and Environmental Policy

Wallace Oates

Eastern Economic Journal, 1990, vol. 16, issue 4, 289-296

Abstract: This paper is the Presidential Address to the Sixteenth Annual Convention of the Eastern Economic Association. It offers some reflections on the role that economics has, and can, play in the determination of environmental policy. These reflections address the choice of policy instruments for pollution control and the locus of regulatory authority. A review of economic instruments suggests that effluent fees may offer more protection against costly errors than does a system of transferable emission permits. Compelling arguments exist for greater decentralization of some environmental measures; environmental federalism can allow for measures that are tailored more closely to "local" conditions.

Date: 1990
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