Environmental research joint ventures under emission taxes

Jiunn Rong Chiou, Jin Li Hu

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The effect of environmental policy depends crucially on the strategic behavior of firms. Firms can undertake pollution abatement innovation cooperatively through environmental R&D joint ventures (RJVs). Environmental RJVs have not only environmental but also economic impacts. Three types of environmental RJV are discussed in this paper: R&D cartelization in which firms choose R&D efforts to maximize the joint profit, RJV competition in which firms share the R&D fruits to maximize their own profits, and RJV cartelization in which firms share R&D fruits and maximize the joint profit. An R&D cartelization minimizes output quantities, maximizes the total emission, and minimizes the social surplus. An RJV cartelization with a sufficiently high spillover coefficient maximizes R&D efforts, minimizes the total emission, and maximizes the social surplus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-146
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironmental and Resource Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Collaboration
  • Coordination
  • Cournot competition
  • Pollution abatement
  • R&D joint venture
  • Strategic effect


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