Alcoa re-Revisited: Recycling, Market Power and Environmental Policy
AbstractThis article incorporates an environmental dimension into the study of markets characterised by producers of a primary good in a position of market power over a sector of recycling. In the model used, production of the primary good by a monopolistic firm is polluting, whereas production of the recycled good is not. Taxing the monopolistic firm allows to reduce pollution, at the price of a reduction in the total quantity of good produced. The effect of a subsidy for recycling depends on the slopes of the demand curve and of the recycler's supply curve. It is ambiguous in terms of welfare, but it always encourages recycling.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by CEPII research center in its journal Economie Internationale.
Volume (Year): (2009)
Issue (Month): 120 ()
Recycling; market power; environmental externalities; environmental policy;
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- D42 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Monopoly
- D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
- H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
- Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
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