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When additional resource stocks reduce welfare

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  • Benchekroun, Hassan
  • Halsema, Alex
  • Withagen, Cees

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In the dominant firm model, we show that an increase of the fringe's reserves of a nonrenewable resource may lead to a decrease in aggregate discounted social welfare. This happens when the difference between the fringe's extraction cost and the dominant firm's is positive and large enough. We also show that welfare might decrease if the fringe's marginal extraction cost decreases.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Volume (Year): 59 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 109-114

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeeman:v:59:y:2010:i:1:p:109-114

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Keywords: Nonrenewable resources Dominant firm versus fringe Nash equilibrium;

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Cited by:
  1. Ngo Van Long & Stephanie F. McWhinnie, 2010. "The Tragedy of the Commons in a Fishery when Relative Performance Matters," School of Economics Working Papers 2010-07, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
  2. Ngo Long, 2011. "Dynamic Games in the Economics of Natural Resources: A Survey," Dynamic Games and Applications, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 115-148, March.

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