Optimal Enforcement Policy and Firms ' Emissions and Compliance with Environmental Taxes

  title={Optimal Enforcement Policy and Firms ' Emissions and Compliance with Environmental Taxes},
  author={David P{\'e}rez-Castrillo},
In a market where firms with different characteristics decide upon both the level of emissions and their reports, we study the optimal audit policy for an enforcement agency whose objective is to minimize the level of emissions. We show that it is optimal to devote the resources primarily to the easiest-to-monitor firms and to those firms that value pollution the less. Moreover, unless the budget for monitoring is very large, there are always firms that do not comply with the environmental… CONTINUE READING

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