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On the profitability of production perturbations in a dynamic natural resource oligopoly

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  • Benchekroun, Hassan
  • Gaudet, Gerard

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Static oligopoly analysis predicts that if a single firm in Cournot equilibrium were to be constrained to contract its production marginally, its profits would fall. on the other hand, if all the firms were simultaneously constrained to reduce their productino, thus moving the industry towards monopoly output, each firm's profit would rise. We show that these very intuitive results may not hold in a dynamic oligopoly.
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  • Benchekroun, Hassan & Gaudet, Gerard, 2003. "On the profitability of production perturbations in a dynamic natural resource oligopoly," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 27(7), pages 1237-1252, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:27:y:2003:i:7:p:1237-1252
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