Internal Research Seminar: Professor Frans de Vries

Internal Research Seminar: Professor Frans de Vries
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There will be an internal seminar on 26 January from 1500 – 1600 (1h incl. Q&A). The speaker is Frans de Vries, Professor of Environmental Economics who has recently joined the University of Aberdeen Business School.

 

Title: Investment Incentives in Tradable Emissions Markets with Price Floors

 

Abstract: Concerns about cost containment and price volatility have led regulators to include price controls in many cap-and-trade markets. We study how these controls affect firms’ incentives to invest in new abatement technologies in a model with abatement cost uncertainty. Price floors increase investment incentives because they raise the expected benefits from lowering abatement costs. We also report a market experiment that features abatement cost uncertainty and the opportunity for cost-reducing investment, with and without a price floor. Trade occurs through a continuous double auction market. Consistent with the theoretical model, investment is significantly greater with the price floor in place. Emissions permit prices also respond as predicted to abatement investments and emissions shocks.

 

Contact

For more details please contact Dr Yu Aoki, y.aoki@abdn.ac.uk

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