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Environmental regulation and horizontal mergers in the eco-industry

Joan Canton (), Maia David and Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné

No 44456, 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium from European Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: This paper considers the environmental policy and welfare implications of a merger between environment firms (i.e., firms managing environmental resources or supplying pollution abatement goods and services). The traditional analysis of mergers in Cournot oligopolies is extended in two ways. First, we show how environmental policy affects the incentives of environment firms to merge. Second, we stress that mergers in the eco-industry impact welfare beyond what is observed in other sectors, due to an extra effect on pollution abatement efforts; this might lead to disagreements between an anti-trust agency seeking to limit market concentration which can be detrimental to consumer surplus and a benevolent regulator who maximizes total welfare.

Keywords: Environmental Economics and Policy; Industrial Organization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16
Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.44456

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