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Any tool or method used by an organization to achieve general developmental goals in the production of, or in the regulation of, material resources. (Source: GEMET/OED); Incentive measures bring about an intended behaviour or outcome as an alternative to command and control measures - legal codes and prescriptions (Source: InforMEA)

Economic instruments are fiscal and other economic incentives and disincentives to incorporate environmental costs and benefits into the budgets of households and enterprises. The objective is to encourage environmentally sound and efficient production and consumption through full-cost pricing. Economic instruments include effluent taxes or charges on pollutants and waste, deposit-refund systems and tradable pollution permits. (Source: OECD Glossary of statistical terms)


Alternative labels:
fiscal measure
incentive measure
market mechanism
Economic policy
Fiscal policy
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instrument économique
экономический инструмент
instrumento económico
أداة اقتصادية

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with economic instruments

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Convention on Biological Diversity
Stockholm Convention
Kyoto Protocol
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification