Environmental Economics

Economic Savings from Using Economic Incentives for Environmental Pollution Control

Economic incentives, such as emission taxes, effluent trading, deposit refund systems, information reporting requirements, liability for harm caused by pollution, and voluntary programs have the potential to achieve environmental objectives at lower cost than traditional command and control regulations. This report estimates the economic savings from the more significant of existing incentive-based environmental programs and examines the potential for extending these and other programs to increase the savings. The greatest potential for future savings from the use of economic incentives lies with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Keywords

    Subject:
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Pollution Fees/Charges/Taxes
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Trading and Marketable Permits
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Deposit-Refund Systems
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Liability
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Information Approaches
    4. Economic Incentives and Other Innovative Approaches - Subsidies
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    b. Water
    c. Land
    Authors:
    Anderson, Robert C.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0415
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Environmental Law InstituteAddress: 1616 P Street, NW
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Office of Economy and EnvironmentAddress:
    City: State: ZIP:
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    06/01/1999
    Number of Pages:
    52
    Comment:
    Grant/Contract #:
    CR822795-01
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