Applications of the Coase Theorem
Frances Moore () and
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Frances Moore: Environmental Science and Policy, University of California Davis
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The Coase Theorem has a central place in the theory of environmental economics and regulation. But its applicability for solving real-world externality problems remains debated. In this paper, we first place this seminal contribution in its historical context. We then survey the experimental literature that has tested the importance of the many, often tacit assumptions in the Coase Theorem in the laboratory. We discuss a selection of applications of the Coase Theorem to actual environmental problems, distinguishing between situations in which the polluter or the pollutee pays. While limited in scope, Coasian bargaining over externalities offers a pragmatic solution to problems that are difficult to solve in any other way.
Keywords: Coase Theorem; externalities; property rights; bargaining (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C78 H23 Q50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Applications of the Coase Theorem (2021)
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