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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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We 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. We show that in a stationary, continuous time model (infinite horizon, infinitesimal period of commitment) monopoly power can be disadvantageous. Numerical experiments c o n f i that this can also occur in a finite horizon, discrete model. This result is compared to previous examples of disadvantageous market power, obtained using two-period models.

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Paper provided by Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley in its series Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series with number qt4cs0m1vb.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 1995
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:agrebk:qt4cs0m1vb

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Keywords: disadvantageous market power; durable good; nonrenewable resources; Coase conjecture;

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  1. Driskill, Robert, 2006. "Multiple equilibria in dynamic rational expectations models: A critical review," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 50(1), pages 171-210, January.
  2. Karp, Larry & Paul, Thierry, 2002. "Intersectoral Adjustment and Policy Intervention: the Importance of General Equilibrium Effects," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt7rk3z9w1, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  3. 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.
  4. Timothy Swanson & Ben Groom, 2012. "Regulating Biodiversity: What is the Problem?," CIES Research Paper series 08-2012, Centre for International Environmental Studies, The Graduate Institute.
  5. Luca Bossi & Vladimir Petkov, 2007. "Habits, Market Power, and Policy Selection," Working Papers 0702, University of Miami, Department of Economics.
  6. 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.
  7. Driskill, Robert, 2001. "Durable goods oligopoly," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 19(3-4), pages 391-413, March.

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