Integrated regulation of nonpoint pollution: Combining managerial controls and economic instruments under multiple environmental targets

Aftab, A., Hanley, N. and Baiocchi, G. (2010) Integrated regulation of nonpoint pollution: Combining managerial controls and economic instruments under multiple environmental targets. Ecological Economics, 70(1), pp. 24-33. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.03.020)

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Abstract

Regulators are often reluctant to rely solely on economic incentives to achieve environmental standards. We evaluate a “mixed approach” of economic instruments and management standards when two environmental objectives need to be met simultaneously: minimum river flow rates and reductions in nitrate pollution. We show how the relative efficiency of such mixed approaches can depend on exogenous factors, in this case weather conditions. Results indicate that mixed instruments outperform stand alone economic incentives or managerial controls under wet weather conditions, but not in ‘average’ years. However, the relative cost-effectiveness of mixed approaches increases considerably at higher levels of environmental standard compliance.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanley, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Aftab, A., Hanley, N., and Baiocchi, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Ecological Economics
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0921-8009
ISSN (Online):1873-6106
Published Online:17 September 2010

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