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Title:Pollution permits, strategic trading and dynamic technology adoption PDF Logo
Authors:Moreno-Bromberg, Santiago
Taschini, Luca
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:SFB 649 discussion paper 2011-042
Abstract:This paper analyzes the dynamic incentives for technology adoption under a transferable permits system, which allows for strategic trading on the permit market. Initially, firms can both invest in low-emitting production technologies and trade permits. In the model, technology adoption and allowance prices are generated endogenously and are inter-dependent. It is shown that the non-cooperative permit trading game possesses a pure-strategy Nash equilibrium, where the allowance value reflects the level of uncovered pollution (demand), the level of unused allowances (supply), and the technological status. These conditions are also satisfied when a price support instrument (dubbed European-cash-for-permits), which is contingent on the adoption of the new technology, is introduced. Numerical investigation confirms that this policy generates a floating price floor for the allowances, and it restores the dynamic incentives to invest. Given that this policy comes at a cost, a criterion for the selection of a self-financing policy (based on convex risk measures) is proposed and implemented.
Subjects:dynamic regulation
emission permits
environment
self-financing policy
technology adoption
JEL:D8
H2
L5
Q5
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:SFB 649 Discussion Papers, HU Berlin

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