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Initial Allocation Effects in Permit Markets with Bertrand Output Oligopoly

Evan Calford (), Christoph Heinzel and Regina Betz ()

Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Reports from Environmental Economics Research Hub, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Abstract: We analyse the efficiency effects of the initial permit allocation given to firms with market power in both permit and output market. We examine two models: a long-run model with endogenous technology and capacity choice, and a short-run model with fixed technology and capacity. In the long run, quantity pre-commitment with Bertrand competition can yield Cournot outcomes also under emissions trading. In the short run, Bertrand output competition reproduces the effects derived under Cournot competition, but displays higher pass-through profits. In a second-best setting of overallocation, a tighter emissions target tends to improve permit-market efficiency in the short run.

Keywords: Emissions trading; Initial permit allocation; Bertrand competition; EU ETS; Endogenous technology choice; Kreps and Scheinkman (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L13 Q28 D43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-com, nep-ene, nep-env, nep-ind, nep-mic and nep-reg
Date: 2010-03
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