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Environmental Policy Under Oligopoly with Endogenous Market Structure

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  • Katsoulacos, Yannis
  • Xepapadeas, Anastasios

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Emission taxes under oligopoly with both fixed number and endogenous market structure (perhaps the most relevant market structures for policy issues) are examined. In the latter case, and contrary to what is expected under imperfect competition, the optimal tax could exceed marginal external damages, which implies that externalities generated by oligopolistic firms could be optimally controlled by over-internalizing environmental damages. Under endogenous market structure, a scheme consisting of a licence fee and a second-best under-internalizing emission tax can increase social welfare when compared with the use of a single emission tax exceeding marginal damages.

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  • Katsoulacos, Yannis & Xepapadeas, Anastasios, 1994. "Environmental Policy Under Oligopoly with Endogenous Market Structure," CEPR Discussion Papers 955, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:955
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    Keywords

    Endogenous Market Structure; Externalities; Oligopoly; Pigouvian Taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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