Investment decisions and transferable discharge permits: An empirical study of water quality management under policy uncertainty

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The problem of investiment decisions for sources participating in transferable discharge permit (TDP) markets has not received much attention. One way TDPs offer potential savings is with their ability to influence development in a region. Static models have assessed the potential savings of TDPs but do not explicitly consider investment decisions; thus they do not capture this long run role nor that of policy uncertainty and tend to understate both the cost saving potential and the difficulty in achieving it. This paper addresses both problems by emphasizing the temporal dimension of TDPs. A two-period investment model investigates the magnitude of these potential savings and the effects of two types of policy uncertainty upon expected gains from permit trading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-458
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironmental & Resource Economics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1992
Externally publishedYes



  • Environmental regulation
  • regional planning
  • water quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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