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Competition in Markets for Depletable Resources with Setup Costs

  • Carolyn Fischer

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This paper analyzes the impact on exhaustible resource markets of setup costs, a sparsely analyzed category of nonconvex production technologies. This paper proves that, even under idealized circumstances for competition, a competitive equilibrium will fail to exist in the presence of setup costs, for any utility and cost functions such that a planner would exploit exhaustible resource pools sequentially. Copyright Springer 2005

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Article provided by Springer & European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental & Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 30 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (03)
Pages: 243-257

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Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:30:y:2005:i:3:p:243-257
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