Cap and Trade Policies in the Presence of Monopoly and Distortionary Taxation

29 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2002 Last revised: 29 Apr 2002

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Don Fullerton

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Gilbert E. Metcalf

Tufts University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: April 2002

Abstract

We extend an analytical general equilibrium model of environmental policy with pre-existing labor tax distortions to include pre-existing monopoly power as well. We show that the existence of monopoly power has two offsetting effects on welfare. First, the environmental policy reduces monopoly profits, and the negative effect on income increases labor supply in a way that partially offsets the pre-existing labor supply distortion. Second, environmental policy raises prices, so interaction with the pre-existing monopoly distortion further exacerbates the labor supply distortion. This second effect is larger, for reasonable parameter values, so the existence of monopoly reduces the welfare gain (or increases the loss) from environmental restrictions.

Suggested Citation

Fullerton, Don and Metcalf, Gilbert E., Cap and Trade Policies in the Presence of Monopoly and Distortionary Taxation (April 2002). NBER Working Paper No. w8901. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=307871

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