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Evidence on Unobserved Polluter Abatement Effort

Matthew E. Kahn

Title:
Evidence on Unobserved Polluter Abatement Effort
Author(s):
Kahn, Matthew E.
Date:
Type:
Working papers
Department:
Economics
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Series:
Department of Economics Discussion Papers
Part Number:
712
Publisher:
Department of Economics, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
Unobserved polluter abatement effort is quantified by comparing the emissions of California cars and light trucks tested in a surprise versus and expected emissions test. California could have improved air quality at a lower social cost if drivers could be encouraged to invest more in maintenance effort. Implicit subsidies built into the system minimize the incentives to invest in maintenance.
Subject(s):
Economics
Environmental studies
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