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Monopoly Power Can Be Disadvantageous in the Extraction of a Durable Nonrenewable Resource

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  • Karp, Larry

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The authors study a Markov equilibrium for the case where a monopolist extracts a nonrenewable resource which is converted to a durable good, which then depreciates at a constant rate. They show that, in a stationary, continuous time model (infinite horizon, infinitesimal period of commitment), monopoly power can be disadvantageous. Numerical experiments confirm that this can also occur in a finite horizon, discrete model. This result is compared with previous examples of disadvantageous market power, obtained using two-period models. Copyright 1996 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association in its journal International Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 37 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 825-49

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  2. Robert A. Driskill, 2002. "A Proposal for a Selection Criterion in a Class of Dynamic Rational Expectations Models with Multiple Equilibria," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0210, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
  3. Luca Bossi & Vladimir Petkov, 2007. "Habits, Market Power, and Policy Selection," Working Papers 0702, University of Miami, Department of Economics.
  4. Gregory Goering & Michael Pippenger, 2002. "Durable Goods Monopoly and Forward Markets," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(2), pages 271-282.
  5. Karp, Larry S. & Theirry, Paul, 2002. "Intersectoral Adjustment and Policy Intervention: the Importance of General Equilibrium Effects," CUDARE Working Paper Series 893R, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy.
  6. Driskill, Robert, 2001. "Durable goods oligopoly," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 19(3-4), pages 391-413, March.
  7. Driskill, Robert, 2006. "Multiple equilibria in dynamic rational expectations models: A critical review," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 50(1), pages 171-210, January.

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