This paper considers a new subsidy scheme for supporting the purchase of target products, in which the subsidy payment is inversely related to the product price. The scheme makes the demand faced by producers more elastic, thereby reducing their power to raise prices and increasing subsidy pass-through to consumers. Relative to the commonly-used specific or ad valorem subsidy, it induces larger sales with the same government budget (up to 50% more sales than the specific subsidy according to simulations based on the U.S. electric vehicle market) and allows the policy maker to flexibly adjust the incidence on producers.
|Place of Publication||Aberdeen|
|Publisher||University of Aberdeen|
|Number of pages||38|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2019|
|Name||Discussion Papers in Economics and Finance|
- Bertrand competition
- supermodular games