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Tradeable Emission Permits in Oligopoly

  • Fershtman,C.
  • de Zeeuw,A.

The paper considers an oligopolistic industry in which pollution is a by-product of production. Firms are assumed to have emission permits that restrict the amount that they pollute. These permits are assumed to be tradeable and the paper discusses a structure in which the same set of firms operates both in the product market as well as in the pollution permits market. The paper demonstrates that in such a structure allowing trade in emission permits is not necessarily beneficial. In particular it may lead to the choice of inferior production and abatement technologies, it may lead to a market equilibrium with lower output rates and higher prices and it may result in a shift of production from a low cost to a high cost firm.

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Paper provided by Tel Aviv - the Sackler Institute of Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 45-95.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:fth:teavsa:45-95
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