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Evidence on Unobserved Polluter Abatement Effort

Kahn, Matthew E.

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.

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Economics
Publisher
Department of Economics, Columbia University
Series
Department of Economics Discussion Papers, 712
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February 28, 2011

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December 1994.

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