On optimal extraction under asymmetric information over reclamation costs

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Polluting exhaustible resource extraction ends with costly reclamation and producers have better information about future reclamation costs than the regulator. This paper analyzes optimal contract between the regulator and the mining firm in a two-stage model, in which extraction and pollution generation is followed by reclamation with asymmetric information over reclamation costs. The contract consists of a pollution tax and a mechanism used for cost information revelation, and it extracts all the profit from the highest-cost type, leaves profits for the more efficient types and dictates a reclamation effort that is lower than the complete information effort. It is further shown that the optimal pollution tax under asymmetric information can be lower or higher than the tax under complete information. In addition, the exclusion of the most expensive types is analyzed. The results can help to design policies that improve the existing ones by saving public funds, by improving the state of the environment and by excluding those mining operations that do not produce (net) benefits for the society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103987
JournalJournal of Economic Dynamics & Control
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 511 Economics
  • Asymmetric information
  • Dynamic optimization
  • Exhaustible resources
  • Optimal contract
  • Pollution tax
  • Second-best
  • Stock pollution

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