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No 722:
Environmental policy negotiations, transboundary pollution and lobby groups in small open economies

Lars Persson ()

Abstract: This paper analyzes the consequences of lobby group activity for policy outcomes in economies with transboundary pollution and international environmental policies. In our framework, international environmental policies are characterized as pollution taxes determined in a negotiation between two countries. We find, among other things, that the presence of local lobbying tends to reduce the level of pollution taxes. We also find that an increase in the environmental concern (i.e. stronger preferences for a clean environment) may reduce the pollution tax in both countries. It is also possible that increased environmental concern in one country reduces the pollution tax in the other country.

Keywords: transboundary pollution; lobbying; taxes; pollution; Nash bargain; negotiations; environmental policy; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D62; F18; H21; H23; H70; (follow links to similar papers)

29 pages, November 2, 2007, Revised July 1, 2008

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