Can Collusion Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production?

37 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2015 Last revised: 28 Mar 2018

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Maarten Pieter Schinkel

University of Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)

Yossi Spiegel

Tel Aviv University, Coller School of Management; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Date Written: February 1, 2016

Abstract

Several competition authorities consider the exemption of horizontal agreements among firms from antitrust liability if the agreements sufficiently promote public interest objectives such as sustainable consumption and production. We show that when consumers value sustainable products and firms choose investments in sustainability before choosing output or prices, coordination of output choices or prices boosts investments in sustainability and may even enhance consumer surplus when products are sufficiently close substitutes and the marginal cost of investment in sustainability is relatively low. By contrast, coordination of investments in sustainability leads to lower investments and harms consumers.

Keywords: Sustainability, public interest, collusion, antitrust, consumer surplus

JEL Classification: K21, L13, L40, Q01

Suggested Citation

Schinkel, Maarten Pieter and Spiegel, Yossi, Can Collusion Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production? (February 1, 2016). Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2015-49; International Journal of Industrial Organization, 53, 2017, 371-398 ; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2015-49; Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2015-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2704259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2704259

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