Environmental policy in a linear city model of product differentiation
AbstractThis paper analyzes how a tax/subsidy policy affects consumers? behavior when choosing between green (pollution free goods) and conventional products and its effects on welfare when some consumers have strong preferences for green goods. We develop a three stage complete information game, using the Hotelling?s linear city model. We show that when products are identical in all respects except in their environmental properties, a tax/subsidy policy performs better than the case without policy. Our efficiency comparisons suggest that under a setting of horizontal product differentiation a tax/subsidy (either on consumers or polluting ?firms) produces higher social welfare than the absence of policy. Moreover, the proportion of consumers who prefer green products affects the welfare gains from a subsidy or tax policy.
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Volume (Year): 17 (2012)
Issue (Month): 04 (August)
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Other versions of this item:
- Ana Espinola-Arredondo & Huan Zhao, 2011. "Environmental Policy in a Linear City Model of Product Differentiation," Working Papers 2011-4, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.
- H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
- L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy
- Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
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