Recycling Redux: A Nash–Cournot Approach
Gérard Gaudet () and
The Japanese Economic Review, 2003, vol. 54, issue 4, 409-419
We consider an industry characterized by simultaneous competition between the producer of a primary good, and N recylers who are Cournot rivals. Two important factors influence the effect of recycling on the equilibrium outcome and on the primary producer's market power: the structure of production costs, and the time lag between primary production and recycling. The presence of the recycling sector may increase the market power of the primary producer, as conventionally measured by the Lerner index. Some of the results raise doubts about the appropriateness of the Lerner measure of market power in certain contexts.
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