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Environmental Degradation and the Limits to LOV

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  • Chen, Yu-Fu
  • Molana, Hassan
  • Montagna, Catia

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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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  • Chen, Yu-Fu & Molana, Hassan & Montagna, Catia, 2010. "Environmental Degradation and the Limits to LOV," SIRE Discussion Papers 2010-30, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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    Keywords

    Environmental degradation; love-of-variety; environmental policy;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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