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The Curse of Windfall Gains in a Non Renewable Resource Oligopoly

  • Hassan Benchekroun
  • Ngo Van Long

We investigate the effect of stock discovery on the profits of non-identical oligopolists. We show that a uniform addition to all stocks could harm firms that are originally larger than average. One conclusion that could be drawn from the results is that a new technology that leads to more efficient exploitation of the available resource is not necessarily welcomed by all firms. On étudie les effets de la découverte des stocks de ressources sur les profits des firmes asymétriques. On montre que l'augmentation uniforme des stocks pour toutes les firmes pourrait désavantager celles qui sont initialement les plus grandes. On déduit que la découverte d'une nouvelle technologie qui permet une augmentation d'efficacité d'extraction pour toutes les firmes pourrait réduire le profit de certaines firmes.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2006s-10.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 01 May 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2006s-10
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  1. Benchekroun, Hassan & Van Long, Ngo, 2002. "Transboundary Fishery: A Differential Game Model," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 69(274), pages 207-21, May.
  2. Benhabib, Jess & Radner, Roy, 1992. "The Joint Exploitation of a Productive Asset: A Game-Theoretic Approach," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 2(2), pages 155-90, April.
  3. Benchekroun, Hassan, 2003. "Unilateral production restrictions in a dynamic duopoly," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 214-239, August.
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