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Taxation And Welfare In An Oligopoly With Stategic Commitment

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  • BESLEY, T.
  • SUZUMURA, K.

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This paper establishes comparative statics results for an oligopoly model with strategic commitment. Firms compete in two stages. In the first stage, firms decide on strategic cost-reducing R&D investment, whereas they choose output in the second stage. Taking an excise tax/subsidy as a shift parameter in the second stage game, the short-run as well as long-run effects on output, cost-reducing R&D investment, and second-best welfare will be examined. The crucial role played by the strategic substitutability of outputs as well as cost-reducing R&D investments is clarified, and a variant of the Le Chatelier-Samuelson principle in the authors' game-theoretic model is obtained. Copyright 1992 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.
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  • Besley, T. & Suzumura, K., 1989. "Taxation And Welfare In An Oligopoly With Stategic Commitment," Papers 52, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Discussion Paper.
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