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Environmental Degradation and the Limits to LOV

  • Yu-Fu Chen
  • Hassan Molana
  • Catia Montagna

We show how consumers’ environmental concerns may limit ‘love of variety’ (LOV) and be reflected in consumers decisions. We investigate how the impact of environmental degradation on LOV influences demand and optimal product variety, and how a pollution tax on firms might be used to improve upon the market outcome and increase welfare.

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Paper provided by Economic Studies, University of Dundee in its series Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics with number 234.

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Length: 5 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dun:dpaper:234
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