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Endogenous timing in duopoly: experimental evidence

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  • Miguel Fonseca

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  • Wieland Müller

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  • Hans-Theo Normann

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In this paper we experimentally investigate the extended game with observable delay of Hamilton and Slutsky (Games Econ.Beh., 1990).Firms bindingly announce a production period (one out of two periods) and then they produce in the announced sequence.Theory predicts simultaneous production in period one but we find that a substantial proportion of subjects choose the second period.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 443-456

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Keywords: Commitment; Endogenous timing; Observable delay; Cournot; Stackelberg; Experimental economics; C72; C92; D43;

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