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Does the distribution of emission permits matter for international competitiveness?

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This paper analyzes the implications of the distribution of emission permits related to a strategic environmental policy and shows how it alters the competitive relation among firms in the international product market. Our model introduces permits trading into the Brander-Spencer [1985] framework. It analyzes a class of two stages Cournot game involving two governments (Home and Foreign) and their respective industry. It shows the incentive for the Home government to distort is initial distribution of permits from the first-best rule to achieve trade-related policy objectives, enabling its domestic producers to improve their market shares. We establish that the Home government implements a higher distribution of permits than the optimal level.

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  • Florent Pratlong, 2005. "Does the distribution of emission permits matter for international competitiveness?," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques v05011, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
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    1. Bueb, Julien & Schwartz, Sonia, 2009. "Permis d’émission négociables et commerce international dans des marchés de concurrence imparfaite," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 85(3), pages 303-318, septembre.

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    Keywords

    Tradable emission permits; international oligopoly; strategic policy.;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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