Economics and environmental markets: Lessons from water-quality trading

James Shortle

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Water-quality trading is an area of active development in environmental markets. Unlike iconic national-scale air-emission trading programs, water-quality trading programs address local or regional water quality and are largely the result of innovations in water-pollution regulation by state or substate authorities rather than by national agencies. This article examines lessons from these innovations about the "real world" meaning of trading and its mechanisms, the economic merits of alternative institutional designs, utilization of economic research in program development, and research needed to improve the success of environmental markets for water quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalAgricultural and Resource Economics Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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