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Monopoly Power Can Be Disadvantageous in the Extraction of a Durable Nonrenewable Resource

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The authors 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. They show that, in a stationary, continuous time model (infinite horizon, infinitesimal period of commitment), monopoly power can be disadvantageous. Numerical experiments confirm that this can also occur in a finite horizon, discrete model. This result is compared with previous examples of disadvantageous market power, obtained using two-period models. Copyright 1996 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Karp, Larry, 1996. "Monopoly Power Can Be Disadvantageous in the Extraction of a Durable Nonrenewable Resource," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 37(4), pages 825-849, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:37:y:1996:i:4:p:825-49
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