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Environmental Liability Law and Induced Technical Change – The Role of Discounting

Alfred Endres (), Regina Bertram and Bianca Rundshagen ()

Environmental & Resource Economics, 2007, vol. 36, issue 3, 366 pages

Abstract: We analyse the incentives of environmental liability law for inducing progress to emission abatement technology. We consider three liability rules: strict liability, a negligence rule with an emission norm as the due care standard, and a double negligence rule which combines the emission standard with an abatement technology norm. In the case of distortive discounting, i.e. where the private discount rate deviates from the social one, we show, how the level of distortion influences the ranking of liability rules, according to the criterion of generated social cost. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

Keywords: discounting; emission abatement technology; environmental liability law; induced technical change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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DOI: 10.1007/s10640-006-9021-3

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