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Tradable Emission Permits Regulations: The Role of Product Differentiation

  • Sang-Ho Lee

    (Department of Economics, Chonnam National University, Korea)

  • Sang-Ha Park

    (Department of Social Welfare, Naju College, Korea)

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    This paper examines the role of product differentiation within the model of Sartzetakis (1997, 2004) and shows that consumer surplus may be reduced under a tradable emission permits system rather than a command and control system when there is a high degree of product differentiation or less competition between two firms. We also investigate comparative static effects of the degree of product differentiation on equilibrium output and abatement levels under the two regulatory regimes.

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    Article provided by College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan in its journal International Journal of Business and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 249-261

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