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Some Effects of Asymmetries in a Common Pool Natural Resource Oligopoly


  • Benchekroun, Hassan
  • Gaudet, Gérard
  • Lohoues, Hervé


We consider a renewable resource being exploited in common by firms that compete both in the output market and in the exploitation of the resource. We show that the introduction of the slightest cost differentiation among the firms can have a drastic effect on the nature of the equilibria that may be expected as compared to the identical cost case. To do this, we take as a benchmark case a Markov Perfect Nash Equilibrium that exists with identical cost firms, with the property that the firms play a linear strategy up to some endogenously determined threshold level of the stock and the static Cournot equilibrium strategy beyond that threshold. Having shown that an equilibrium of that nature is not sustainable with asymmetric cost, we fully characterize a Markov Perfect Nash Equilibrium of the differential game for that case.

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  • Benchekroun, Hassan & Gaudet, Gérard & Lohoues, Hervé, 2014. "Some Effects of Asymmetries in a Common Pool Natural Resource Oligopoly," Strategic Behavior and the Environment, now publishers, vol. 4(3), pages 213-235, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:now:jnlsbe:102.00000048
    DOI: 10.1561/102.00000048

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    Cited by:

    1. Michele Bisceglia, 2020. "Optimal taxation in a common resource oligopoly game," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 129(1), pages 1-31, January.
    2. Ngo Long, 2015. "Dynamic Games Between Firms and Infinitely Lived Consumers: A Review of the Literature," Dynamic Games and Applications, Springer, vol. 5(4), pages 467-492, December.

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    Cost asymmetries; Renewable resource; Common pool oligopoly; Markov Perfect Nash Equilibrium;
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    JEL classification:

    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games


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