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Regulating ambient pollution when social costs are unknown

Charles Figuieres () and Marc Willinger ()

Working Papers from LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier

Abstract: This paper offers a new mechanism in order to Nash-implement a Pareto optimal level of ambient pollution. As usual in the literature on non point source pollution, the proposed scheme is not conditional on individual emissions, since they are not observable; rather it is conditional on aggregate emission. But the novelty here is that we do not assume the 10 regulator knows the agents' preferences, with which he could identify the target level of aggregate emission. Our mechanism dispenses with this information, yet it achieves Pareto optimality provided that the number of agents involved in the problem is known.

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Date: 2012-06, Revised 2012-06
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