Eco-labelling, Competition and Environment: Endogenization of Labelling Criteria
This paper suggests a modelling of the labelling procedure consistent with empirical observations, that allows the endogenous calculation of labelling criteria. The authority in charge of the labelling program chooses the level of labelling criteria so as to maximise the social surplus, anticipating competition between firms in environmental qualities and prices. While accounting simply for the informational role of labels, this model allows to understand observed behavior such as firms' ignorance of a label, resistance, support or indifference of firms to the labelling program and the decision of the authority not to set up a label.
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Volume (Year): 41 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
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