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Information Structure and the Tragedy of the Commons in Resource Extraction

  • Rabah Amir

    (University of Copenhagen, Institute of Economics)

  • Niels Nannerup

    (University of Southern Denmark, Department of Economics)

This paper considers the well-known Levhari-Mirman model of resource extraction, and investigates the effects of the information structure of the dynamic game - open-loop, Markovian or history-dependent - on the equilibrium consumption path and the overall utility of the agents. The open-loop regime yields a Pareto-optimal outcome. The Markovian regime leads to the most pronounced version of the tragedy of the commons. History-dependent behavior yields an outcome set that is intermediate between the other two cases.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 00-09.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2000
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0009
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