Mercury: The Good, the Bad, and the Export Ban

31 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2008

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Edward J. Balistreri

Iowa State University

Christopher M. Worley

Colorado School of Mines - Division of Economics and Business

Date Written: March 1, 2008

Abstract

We analyze the bipartisan call to ban US exports of commodity mercury. An export ban can generate positive environmental benefits by increasing the scarcity of mercury in those markets where toxic releases occur. We show, however, that a direct mercury purchase and retirement policy can achieve the same foreign environmental goals without adverse impacts on domestic environmental quality. We present qualitative and quantitative evidence that highlight the potential inefficiencies of a mercury export ban as a method of achieving environmental objectives.

Suggested Citation

Balistreri, Edward J. and Worley, Christopher M., Mercury: The Good, the Bad, and the Export Ban (March 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1117606 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1117606

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Christopher M. Worley

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