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The Greening of Markets

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The Greening of Markets

Product Competition, Pollution and Policy Making in a Duopoly

9781845420123 Edward Elgar Publishing
Michael Kuhn, (Co-)leader,Research Group on Population Economics, Wittgenstein Centre (IIAS,VID/OEAW,WU) and Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 84542 012 3 Extent: 320 pp
The author introduces the model of an environmentally differentiated duopoly, in order to explicitly analyse the strategic interaction within such a market. He studies in detail the effects of environmental product standards, eco-labels, ‘green’ R&D subsidies and environmental taxation on firm behaviour, welfare and emissions. Non-technical sections providing the empirical context expertly complement the formal theoretical analysis of environmental policy making. The author goes on to present important new conclusions for environmental policy and an agenda for future research.

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‘Eco-friendly’ variants are rapidly gaining market share in many industries such as food, textiles, furniture, detergents and paints, automobiles, electrical appliances and domestic energy. These markets usually exhibit environmental differentiation, where consumers differ in their willingness to pay for the environmental attributes of a product. Building on the existing literature, this novel book provides a comprehensive analysis of firm strategy and environmental policy making in these types of ‘green’ markets.

The author introduces the model of an environmentally differentiated duopoly, in order to explicitly analyse the strategic interaction within such a market. He studies in detail the effects of environmental product standards, eco-labels, ‘green’ R&D subsidies and environmental taxation on firm behaviour, welfare and emissions. Non-technical sections providing the empirical context expertly complement the formal theoretical analysis of environmental policy making. The author goes on to present important new conclusions for environmental policy and an agenda for future research.

The Greening of Markets will be of immense interest to students and academics of environmental economics and applied industrial organisation, as well as policy makers and environmental managers.
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‘An excellent example of the kind of scholarly work that is required if researchers and practitioners are to come to grips with the environmental consequences of 21st-century global systems of production and consumption.’
– Katharine N. Farrell, Organization & Environment

‘This book is an important contribution to environmental economics and industrial organisation. It analyses environmental markets for green, i.e. environmentally friendly, products and economic policies that improve the functioning of these markets and environmental quality. The book combines rigorous, state-of-the-art theoretical economic analysis with well-founded and very accessible interpretations, even of complex results, and comes to policy conclusions that are highly relevant. I strongly recommend this book – not only to environmental economists, but also to general economists with an interest in markets for differentiated products.’
– Michael Rauscher, University of Rostock, Germany
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Contents: 1. Out of the Grey. . . Introduction 2. Environmentally Differentiated Duopoly 3. Emissions, Market Structure and Dominance 4. Environmental Product Standards 5. Environmental Labelling 6. Subsidising Innovation in Green Product Design 7. Environmental Taxation 8. Summary and Conclusions 9. Into the Green. . . An Outlook Appendices Bibliography Index
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