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Assessing the efficiency of environmental policy design and evaluation: Results from a 2018 cross-country survey

Ambitious environmental policies are necessary to enable the transition to a greener economy. However, these policies could impose economic burdens on firms through different channels. They may increase barriers to entry and distort competition. They may also impose transaction and administrative costs related to permitting and licensing. If stringent environmental policies can be designed in a way that minimises such economic burdens, they can facilitate the achievement of economic and environmental goals and a cleaner growth model.


Keywords: environmental policies, public policy evaluation, environmental regulation, administrative burdens, competition, barriers to entry
JEL: L59: Industrial Organization / Regulation and Industrial Policy / Regulation and Industrial Policy: Other; Q58: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics / Environmental Economics / Environmental Economics: Government Policy; L50: Industrial Organization / Regulation and Industrial Policy / Regulation and Industrial Policy: General
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