When additional resource stocks reduce welfare

H. Benchekroun, A.N. Halsema, C.A.A.M. Withagen

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In the dominant firm model, we show that an increase of the fringe's reserves of a nonrenewable resource may lead to a decrease in aggregate discounted social welfare. This happens when the difference between the fringe's extraction cost and the dominant firm's is positive and large enough. We also show that welfare might decrease if the fringe's marginal extraction cost decreases. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-114
JournalJournal of Environmental Economics and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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