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Low-quality leadership in a vertically differentiated duopoly with Cournot competition

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  • Lambertini, Luca
  • Tampieri, Alessandro

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We model a vertically differentiated duopoly with quantity-setting firms as an extended game in which firms noncooperatively choose the timing of moves at the quality stage, to show that at the subgame, perfect equilibrium sequential play obtains, with the low-quality firm taking the leader’s role.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 115 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 396-398

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:3:p:396-398

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Keywords: Endogenous timing; Product quality; Sequential play;

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  1. L. Lambertini & A. Tampieri, 2012. "Endogenous Timing in Quality Investments and Price Competition," Working Papers wp815, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  2. Lambertini, Luca & Tampieri, Alessandro, 2013. "Endogenous timing in quality choices and price competition," Economics Discussion Papers 2013-37, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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