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Multimarket contact among diversified oligopolists

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  • Scott, John T.

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Multimarket contact appears to be necessary for effective oligopolistic consensus in a concentrated industry when the industry's firms are diversified. Evidently, without multimarket contact, coordination breaks down because the diversified sellers have different costs and demands, and hence would not independently choose the same price, and because price cuts are less easily detected and matched. The evidence suggests that Bain's seminal observation of the nexus among profits, concentration, and barriers resulted because of the multimarket contact of the firms in his sample.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 9 (1991)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 225-238

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Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:9:y:1991:i:2:p:225-238

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  1. Steven Pilloff, 1999. "Multimarket Contact in Banking," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 163-182, March.
  2. Changqi Wu & K.C. Wei, 1998. "Cooperative R&D and the Value of the Firm," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 13(4), pages 425-446, August.
  3. Paolo Coccorese & Alfonso Pellecchia, 2009. "Multimarket Contact and Profitability in Banking: Evidence from Italy," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, vol. 35(3), pages 245-271, June.
  4. Kathy J. Hayes & Leola B. Ross, 1996. "Is airline price dispersion the result of careful planning or competitive forces?," Working Papers 9607, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  5. Kathy J. Hayes & Leola B. Ross, . "Is Airline Price Dispersion the Result of Careful Planning or Competitive Forces?," Working Papers 9702, East Carolina University, Department of Economics.
  6. Lucio Fuentelsaz & Jaime Gómez, . "Multipoint Competition, Mutual Forbearance and Entry into Geographic Markets," Studies on the Spanish Economy 127, FEDEA.
  7. Leola B. Ross, . "When Will an Airline Stand Its Ground? An Analysis of Fare Wars," Working Papers 9703, East Carolina University, Department of Economics.
  8. Jans, Ivette & Rosenbaum, David I., 1997. "Multimarket contact and pricing: Evidence from the U.S. cement industry," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 391-412, May.
  9. Srabana Gupta, 2001. "The Effect of Bid Rigging on Prices: A Study of the Highway Construction Industry," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 19(4), pages 451-465, December.
  10. Wegberg, M.J.A.M. & Witteloostuijn, A. van & Roscam Abbing, M., 1994. "Multimarket and multiproject collusion: why European integration may reduce intra--Community competition," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-5373405, Tilburg University.

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