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Do Permit Allocations Matter?


Harrie A. A. Verbon


Tilburg University - CentER; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Cees Withagen


Free University of Amsterdam; Tilburg University

November 9, 2010

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3236

Abstract:     
In the standard setting a system of tradable permits is effective and cost-efficient in attaining the policy objective of pollution reduction. This outcome is challenged in case of a tradable permit system in a federal system/constitution with individual states having discretionary power regarding environmental policy and where pollution is transboundary across states. This paper explores the opportunities of the central authority to influence the effectiveness and efficiency of the system, under various institutional arrangements, through the initial allocation of permits.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: tradable permits, fiscal federalism

JEL Classification: H21, H23, Q00

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Date posted: November 10, 2010  

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Verbon, Harrie A. A. and Withagen, Cees, Do Permit Allocations Matter? (November 9, 2010). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3236. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1705965

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Harrie A. A. Verbon (Contact Author)
Tilburg University - CentER ( email )
Department of Economics
P.O. Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
Netherlands
+31 13 466 28 78 (Phone)
+31 13 466 30 42 (Fax)
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
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Cees A. M. Withagen
Free University of Amsterdam ( email )
Tinbergen Institute De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Tilburg University ( email )
Postbus 90153
Tilburg, DC 5000 LE
Netherlands
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