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When additional resource stocks reduce welfare


  • Benchekroun, Hassan
  • Halsema, Alex
  • Withagen, Cees


In the dominant firm model, we show that an increase of the fringe's reserves of a nonrenewable resource may lead to a decrease in aggregate discounted social welfare. This happens when the difference between the fringe's extraction cost and the dominant firm's is positive and large enough. We also show that welfare might decrease if the fringe's marginal extraction cost decreases.

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  • Benchekroun, Hassan & Halsema, Alex & Withagen, Cees, 2010. "When additional resource stocks reduce welfare," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 59(1), pages 109-114, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeeman:v:59:y:2010:i:1:p:109-114

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    1. Berk, Istemi, 2015. "Two-Period Resource Duopoly with Endogenous Intertemporal Capacity Constraints," EWI Working Papers 2014-13, Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universitaet zu Koeln (EWI).
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