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Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168685

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168685.001.0001

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Using Market-Based Tools to Protect and Improve Water Quality in Kentucky

Using Market-Based Tools to Protect and Improve Water Quality in Kentucky

(p.223) Chapter Twenty-two Using Market-Based Tools to Protect and Improve Water Quality in Kentucky
Water in Kentucky

Wuyang Hu

University Press of Kentucky

Market-based tools are first suggested in the 1960s considering how society could achieve long-term reductions in pollution without causing an undue burden on the economy. Instead of the government imposes controls (i.e., limiting the right to pollute), market incentives governed by economic principles could be used to guide individual players’ behavior. One of the strategies is to let polluters reallocate the pollution they generate among themselves, or in other words, they decide who actually does the pollution abatement. Those with high costs pollute more (abate less) and those with low costs pollute less (abate more). This type of reallocating through trading could save large amounts of money.

Keywords:   Abatement Cost, Market, Nonpoint Source, Point Source, Water Quality

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