33 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2005
Date Written: October 2005
In this paper, we consider a problem in environmental policy design by applying optimal stopping rules. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the optimal timings at which the government should adopt environmental policies to deal with increases in greenhouse gas concentrations and to reduce emissions of SO2 or CO2 under the continuous-time Knightian uncertainty. Furthermore, we analyze the effects of increases in Knightian uncertainty on optimal environmental policies and the reservation value.
Keywords: Knightian Uncertainty, Environmental Policy, Irreversibilities
JEL Classification: D81, H23, L51, Q23
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Asano, Takao, Irreversibilities and the Optimal Timing of Environmental Policy under Knightian Uncertainty (October 2005). Institute of Social and Economic Research at Osaka University Discussion Paper No. 643. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=819604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.819604
By Ben Bernanke