Imperfect Competition in the Recycling Industry

24 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2005

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Thomas Eichner

University of Siegen - School of Economic Disciplines


We study the market allocation in an economy where material is used for producing a consumption good, then recycled and finally landfilled, and where a recycling firm has market power. The material content constitutes an aspect of green product design and affects the recycling costs. Although the recycling firm's supply of recycling services is inefficiently low, it does not abuse its market power to distort the product design allocation. Different policy schemes are proposed which correct for market failures. One promising candidate is a relative recycling standard combined with a consumption good's tax, a material subsidy and a subsidy on recycling services.

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Eichner, Thomas, Imperfect Competition in the Recycling Industry. Metroeconomica, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 1-24, February 2005. Available at SSRN:

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University of Siegen - School of Economic Disciplines ( email )

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