Multi-market Collusion with Territorial Allocation
AbstractThis paper develops a supergame model of collusion between price-setting oligopolists located in different markets separated by trade costs. The firms produce a homogenous good and sustain collusion based on territorial allocation of markets. We first show, in a more general framework than some earlier literature, that a reduction in trade costs can paradoxically increase the sustainability of collusion. Then we prove a new paradox where the scope for collusion may be enhanced by an increase in the number of firms. We discuss several implications for trade and antitrust policy in this context.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics in its series Working papers with number 217.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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- NEP-ALL-2012-10-20 (All new papers)
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- NEP-COM-2012-10-20 (Industrial Competition)
- NEP-IND-2012-10-20 (Industrial Organization)
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