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The Choice of Policy Instruments to Control Pollution under Costly Enforcement and Incomplete Information

Carlos Chavez (), Mauricio Villena () and John Stranlund ()

No 01-2009, Working Papers from Departamento de Economía, Universidad de Concepción

Abstract: We analyze the cost of enforcing a system of firm specific emissions standards vis a vis a transferable emissions permit system in the context of complete and incomplete information. We also examine the optimality of a transferable emissions permit system when abatement costs and enforcement costs are considered. We show that under incomplete information, regulation based on each firm-specific emissions standards cannot be less costly than a transferable emissions permit system. In addition, we found that the distribution of emissions that minimize aggregate program costs differ from the distribution of emissions generated by a competitive transferable emissions permit system.

Keywords: Environmental policy; cost-effectiveness; enforcement costs; incomplete information. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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