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Private CSR Activities in Oligopolistic Markets: Is there any room for Regulation?

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  • Evangelos Mitrokostas

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    (Department of Economics, University of Crete)

  • Emmanuel Petrakis

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    (Department of Economics, University of Crete, Greece)

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The present paper examines the conditions under which the regulator can complement the provision of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities by private firms in an oligopolistic market. Our main finding is that if there is no credible information disclosure about SR characteristics of the firms' products to consumers, no firm will have incentives to undertake CSR effort in equilibrium. However, if the necessary information about the CSR aspects of each firm's product, otherwise unobservable, is made available to consumers through certification provided either by a profit-maximizing certifier or by the regulator, then both firms will have incentives to engage in CSR activities. Hence in equilibrium, consumers' surplus, firms profits and total welfare increase comparing to the benchmark case without CSR activities.

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Paper provided by University of Crete, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0816.

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Date of creation: 17 Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:crt:wpaper:0816

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Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility; Oligopoly; Vertical Differentiation; Certification.;

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  1. Becchetti Leonardo & Giorgio Federico & Solferino Nazaria, 2011. "What to do in globalised economies if global governance is missing? The vicarious role of competition in social responsibility," International Review of Economics, Springer, vol. 58(2), pages 185-211, June.
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  3. D'Alessandro, Simone & Fanelli, Domenico, 2009. "The Role of Income Distribution in the Diffusion of Corporate Social Responsibility," MPRA Paper 18659, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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