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dc.contributor.authorRequate, Tillen_US
dc.contributor.authorHamilton, Steveen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper considers the performance of ambient environmental quality and emissions (effluent) policies in settings where the ability of the receiving environmental media to assimilate pollution is stochastic, for instance a river with variable streamflow. Our main findings are: (i) ambient environmental quality policies welfare dominate emission policies for sufficiently damaging pollutants and for pollutants with sufficiently high abatement costs; (ii) emissions policies tend to induce over-investment in abatement equipment relative to the socially optimal resource allocation, while ambient policies tend to induce under-investment; and (iii) emission policies produce superior outcomes for welfare relative to ambient policies when abatement costs are low. This suggests an optimal lifecycle of environmental regulations may exist in which ambient environmental policies are used in early periods when abatement markets are relatively undeveloped, then emission policies are employed in later periods as cost-effective abatement equipment becomes available.en_US
dc.publisherVerein für Socialpolitik Frankfurt a. M.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBeiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie - Session: Environmental Policy: Incentives and Instruments F18-V1en_US
dc.subject.keywordEnvironmental policyen_US
dc.subject.keywordambient standardsen_US
dc.titleAmbient Environmental Quality Policies in Stochastic Mediaen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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