Journal of Regulatory Economics

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 97–108

Regulating oligopolistic industries: A generalized incentive scheme

  • Sylvia Schwermer

DOI: 10.1007/BF01065393

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Schwermer, S. J Regul Econ (1994) 6: 97. doi:10.1007/BF01065393


This paper deals with the design of regulatory mechanisms for oligopolistic industries. The proposed incentive scheme consists of two parts: a subsidy depending upon a firm's contribution to an equilibrium price reduction, and a tax equal to the profit of the previous period. This mechanism is as effective in regulating oligopolies as the well-known incremental surplus subsidy scheme in a monopoly framework. The proposed scheme provides appropriate incentives to enforce competitive behavior in a Cournot oligopoly. The scheme is welfare improving even if firms collude.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sylvia Schwermer
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  1. 1.Institute of Public Sector EconomicsFree University of BerlinBerlinGermany