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Oligopoly Pricing: Old Ideas and New Tools

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  • Xavier Vives

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    (IESE Business School)

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The "oligopoly problem"--the question of how prices are formed when the market contains only a few competitors--is one of the more persistent problems in the history of economic thought. In this book Xavier Vives applies a modern game-theoretic approach to develop a theory of oligopoly pricing. Vives begins by relating classic contributions to the field--including those of Cournot, Bertrand, Edgeworth, Chamberlin, and Robinson--to modern game theory. In his discussion of basic game-theoretic tools and equilibrium, he pays particular attention to recent developments in the theory of supermodular games. The middle section of the book, an in-depth treatment of classic static models, provides specialized existence results, characterizations of equilibria, extensions to large markets, and an analysis of comparative statics with a view toward applied work. The final chapters examine commitment issues, entry, information transmission, and collusion using a variety of tools: two-stage games, the modeling of competition under asymmetric information and mechanism design theory, and the theory of repeated and dynamic games, including Markov perfect equilibrium and differential games.

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This book is provided by The MIT Press in its series MIT Press Books with number 026272040x and published in 2001.

Volume: 1
Edition: 1
ISBN: 0-262-72040-X
Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:026272040x

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Keywords: oligopoly; pricing; game theory;

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