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Firm-specific cost savings and market power

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  • Douglas D. Davis

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    (Department of Economics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-4000, USA)

  • Bart J. Wilson

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    (Economic Science Laboratory, University of Arizona, McClelland Hall Room 116,P.O. Box 210108, Tucson, AZ 85721-0108, USA)

Abstract

We report a policy experiment that illustrates a potential problem of using historical pass-through rates as a means of predicting the competitive consequences of projected firm-specific cost savings in antitrust contexts, particularly in merger analysis. The effects of cost savings on welfare can vary vastly, depending on how the savings affect the industry supply schedule. In a capacity-constrained price-setting oligopoly, we observe that cost savings can overwhelm behaviorally salient market power incentives when the savings affect marginal (high cost) units. However, cost savings of the same magnitude on an infra-marginal unit leave market power unchanged.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 16 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 545-565

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Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:16:y:2000:i:3:p:545-565

Note: Received: December 7, 1998; revised version: October 25, 1999
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Keywords: Market power; Cost savings; Efficiencies and antitrust analysis; Pass-through rate.;

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Cited by:
  1. Davis, Douglas D. & Wilson, Bart J., 2005. "Differentiated product competition and the Antitrust Logit Model: an experimental analysis," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 57(1), pages 89-113, May.
  2. Jordi Brandts & Antonio Cabrales & Gary Charness, 2007. "Forward induction and entry deterrence: an experiment," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 33(1), pages 183-209, October.
  3. Douglas Davis & Bart Wilson, 2006. "Equilibrium Price Dispersion, Mergers and Synergies: An Experimental Investigation of Differentiated Product Competition," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(2), pages 169-194.
  4. Douglas D. Davis & Bart J. Wilson, 2006. "Strategic Buyers, Horizontal Mergers and Synergies: An Experimental Investigation," Working Papers 0601, VCU School of Business, Department of Economics.
  5. Rogers, Douglas B. & Smith, Adam C. & Wilson, Bart J., 2013. "Violence, access, and competition in the market for protection," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 1-17.

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