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Competitive permit markets and vertical structures: the relevance of imperfectly competitive eco-industries

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  • Sonia Schwartz

    (CERDI - Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur le Développement International - UdA - Université d'Auvergne - Clermont-Ferrand I - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Hubert Stahn

    (EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales, AMSE - Aix-Marseille Sciences Economiques - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - ECM - École Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

Permit markets lead polluting firms to purchase abatement goods from an eco-industry which is often concentrated. This paper studies the consequences of this sort of imperfectly competitive eco-industry on the equilibrium choices of the competitive polluting firms. It then characterizes the second-best pollution cap. By comparing this situation to one of perfect competition, we show that Cournot competition on the abatement good market contributes not only to a nonoptimal level of emission reduction but also to a higher permit price, which reduces the production level. These distortions increase with market power, measured by the margin taken by the noncompetitive firms, and suggest a second-best larger pollution cap.

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  • Sonia Schwartz & Hubert Stahn, 2014. "Competitive permit markets and vertical structures: the relevance of imperfectly competitive eco-industries," Post-Print halshs-00926472, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00926472
    DOI: 10.1111/jpet.12048
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