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Vertical Differentiation in a Cournot Industry: The Porter Hypothesis and Beyond

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  • L. Lambertini
  • A. Tampieri

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We modify the vertically differentiated duopoly model by André et al. (2009) replacing Bertrand with Cournot behaviour to show that firms may spontaneously adopt a green technology even in the complete absence of any form of regulation.

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  • L. Lambertini & A. Tampieri, 2011. "Vertical Differentiation in a Cournot Industry: The Porter Hypothesis and Beyond," Working Papers wp730, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
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    1. Ana Espínola-Arredondo & Félix Muñoz-García, 2016. "An excessive development of green products?," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 101-129, May.
    2. L. Lambertini & G. Pignataro & A. Tampieri, 2014. "Green Consumers, Greenwashing and the Misperception of Environmental Quality," Working Papers wp958, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    3. L. Lambertini & G. Piagnataro & A. Tampieri, 2015. "Competition among Coalitions in a Cournot Industry: A Validation of the Porter Hypothesis," Working Papers wp989, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    4. L. Lambertini & A. Tampieri, 2012. "On the Emergence of Overcompliance with Endogenous Environmental Standards and Patronising Consumers," Working Papers wp847, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    5. repec:eee:proeco:v:193:y:2017:i:c:p:703-712 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. André, Francisco J., 2015. "Strategic Effects and the Porter Hypothesis," MPRA Paper 62237, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. repec:eee:resene:v:52:y:2018:i:c:p:33-49 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Luca Lambertini & Giuseppe Pignataro & Alessandro Tampieri, 2015. "The effect of Environmental Quality Misperception on Investments and Regulation," CREA Discussion Paper Series 15-01, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
    9. Teemu Makkonen & Sari Repka, 2016. "The innovation inducement impact of environmental regulations on maritime transport: a literature review," International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 10(1), pages 69-86.

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    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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