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Identification of supply models of retailer and manufacturer oligopoly pricing

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  • Villas-Boas, Sofia
  • Hellerstein, Rebecca

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This note outlines conditions under which we can identify a vertical supply model of multiple retailers’ and manufacturers’ oligopoly-pricing behavior. This is an important question particularly when the researcher believes, contrary to the traditional assumption followed in the empirical literature, that retailers may not be neutral pass-through intermediaries. We show that a data-set of an industry’s product prices, quantities, and input prices over time is sufficient to identify the vertical model of retailers’ and manufacturers’ oligopoly-pricing behavior given nonlinear demand, for homogeneous-products industries, and given multi-product firms, for differentiated-products industries.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 90 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 132-140

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:90:y:2006:i:1:p:132-140

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