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Environmental regulation and mergers within the eco-industry

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  • Joan Canton
  • Maia David
  • Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné

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The welfare implications of a merger in an environment industry (i.e. the industry that supplies abatement goods and services) are considered in a Cournot-Nash context. The traditional analysis of mergers is extended in two ways. First, we examine how the environmental policy may affect the incentives to merge in this specific sector. Second, we show that mergers in the environment industry impact welfare beyond what is observed in other sectors due to an extra effect on the environment. This could result in a conflict between an anti-trust agency, whose mandate is to focus on consumers' and firms' surplus, and a benevolent regulator considering the overall welfare.

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Paper provided by INRA, Economie Publique in its series Working Papers with number 2007/01.

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Keywords: Eco-industry; Environmental tax; Horizontal mergers;

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