Optimal tariffs on exhaustible resources

Karp, Larry and Newbery, David M. (1991) Optimal tariffs on exhaustible resources. Journal of International Economics, 30, (3-4), 285-299. (doi:10.1016/0022-1996(91)90023-Y).


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We characterize the Markov perfect equilibria of two games in which oligopsonistic importers of an exhaustible resource confront competitive suppliers who have rational expectations. The games differ only in the timing of moves, or the speed with which participants can adjust their plans. The optimal tariff when sellers move first (are less flexible) differs considerably from that in which buyers move first, and sellers retain more control over intertemporal arbitrage opportunities. If the initial stock is small, buyers suffer a disadvantage from being the first-mover; this is reversed if the stock is large.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/0022-1996(91)90023-Y
ISSNs: 0022-1996 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 32976
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 1991Published
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:59
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/32976

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