How Large are the Welfare Gains from Technological Innovation Induced by Environmental Policies?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper examines whether the welfare gains from technological innovation that reduces future abatement costs are larger or smaller than the "Pigouvian" welfare gains from optimal pollution control. The relative welfare gains from innovation depend on three key factors-the initially optimal level of abatement, the speed at which innovation reduces future abatement costs, and the discount rate. We calculate the welfare gains from innovation under a variety of different scenarios. Mostly they are less than the Pigouvian welfare gains. To be greater, innovation must reduce abatement costs substantially and quickly and the initially optimal abatement level must be fairly modest.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Parry, IWH; Pizer, WA; Fischer, C

Published Date

  • May 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 237 - 255

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0922-680X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1023321309988

Citation Source

  • Scopus