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External economies of scale, government purchasing commitment and welfare improvements in the vaccines industry

Título de la revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS
ISSN: 2254-7088
Volumen: 1
Número: 2
Páginas: 163 - 179
Fecha de publicación: 2012
Resumen:
Some industries exhibit external economies of scale. In these cases, government intervention may generate increases of welfare through tax-subsidy programmes and advanced purchasing commitments. The issue is initially examined for the case of competitive markets in a long-run equilibrium. Then, taking the vaccines industry as an illustrative example, the paper proposes a suitable framework that is tailored to account for the most relevant characteristics of the real situation. The paper concludes advocating for intervention in competitive markets whenever economies of scale exist and implementing the policy is inexpensive. © 2012, Europa Grande. All rights reserved.