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Taxe environnementale et approche volontaire en oligopole de Cournot

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  • Maia David

This paper compares, in a polluting oligopoly, an emission tax and a form of environmental policy called voluntary agreement (va). The output contraction resulting from the tax amplifies the distortion due to imperfect competition making the tax sub-optimal. The va studied here is a take-it-or-leave-it contract on pollution treatment effort offered to the firms with the threat of a tax. This form of va is only based on end-of-pipe pollution treatment and therefore has a limited effect on output. We derive a necessary and sufficient condition under which the va is more efficient than the tax. It will be satisfied for concentrated industries and for a form of pollution not too harmful and easy to treat. Classification JEL : D62, H23, L13, L51, Q28.

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Article provided by Presses de Sciences-Po in its journal Revue économique.

Volume (Year): 54 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 707-716

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Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_543_0707
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