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Policy persistence in environmental regulation
Resource and Energy Economics
  • Jinhua Zhao, Iowa State University
  • Catherine Kling, Iowa State University
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We study the optimal emission standards under uncertain pollution damages and transaction costs associated with policy changes in a dynamic setting. We consider three alternative forms of transactions costs and show that they can lead to different kinds of delays of policy changes or smaller scales of these changes. Thus, policy persistence can be a rational response of forward-looking policy makers to future transaction costs, rather than an inefficient outcome of the current political process.

This is a working paper of an article from Resource and Energy Economics 25 (2003): 255, doi: 10.1016/S0928-7655(03)00031-9.

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Jinhua Zhao and Catherine Kling. "Policy persistence in environmental regulation" Resource and Energy Economics Vol. 25 Iss. 3 (2003) p. 255 - 268
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