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Revisiting the environmental subsidy in the presence of an eco-industry

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  • Maia David

    (INRA)

  • Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné

    (CECO - Laboratoire d'économétrie de l'École polytechnique - X - École polytechnique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

This paper re-considers environmental subsidies in the context where polluting firms procure their abatement goods and services from a specialized oligopoly. To maximize social welfare, the regulator must then simultaneously alleviate two distortions: one that comes from pollution and the other that is due to the environment firms' market power. We find that combining an emission tax to a subsidy to polluters cannot lead to first-best, while the opposite conclusion holds if the subsidy is granted instead to environment firms. When public transfers are themselves subject to distortions, however, welfare may be higher if only an emission tax is used.

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  • Maia David & Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné, 2007. "Revisiting the environmental subsidy in the presence of an eco-industry," Working Papers hal-00243054, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:hal-00243054
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    Keywords

    Environment industry; Environmental subsidies; Pigouvian tax; Subvention environnementale; Taxe pigouvienne; Eco-industrie;

    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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