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Preemption and Rent Dissipation under Bertrand Competition

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  • Marcel Boyer

    (Université de Montréal and CIRANO)

  • Pierre Lasserre

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    (Economics Department, UQAM, GREQAM and CIRANO)

  • Thomas Mariotti

    (London School of Economics and Political Science, GREMAQ and Université de Toulouse I)

  • Michel Moreaux

    (Institut Universitaire de France, Université de Toulouse I, IDEI and LEERNA)

Abstract

We study a simple duopoly model of preemption with multiple investments and instantaneous Bertrand competition on a market of finite size driven by stochastic taste shocks. Different patterns of equilibria may arise, depending on the importance of the real option effect. If the average growth rate of the market is close to the risk free rate, or if the volatility of demand shocks is high, no dissipation of rents occur in equilibrium, despite instantaneous Bertrand competition. If these conditions do not hold, the equilibrium investment timing is suboptimal, and the firms' long-run capacities may depend on the initial market conditions. Our conclusions contrast sharply with standard rent dissipation results.

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Paper provided by Université du Québec à Montréal, Département des sciences économiques in its series Cahiers de recherche du Département des sciences économiques, UQAM with number 20-04.

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Date of creation: Feb 2001
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Keywords: Preemption; rent dissipation; lumpy investment; real options;

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  1. Jean-Pierre Ponssard, 2004. "Rent Dissipation in Repeated Entry Games: Some New Results," CESifo Working Paper Series 1186, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Thomas Fagart, 2011. "Collusion in an investment game," Post-Print dumas-00643721, HAL.
  3. Boyer, Marcel & Robert, Jacques, 2006. "Organizational inertia and dynamic incentives," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 59(3), pages 324-348, March.
  4. Boyer, Marcel & Lasserre, Pierre & Moreaux, Michel, 2012. "A dynamic duopoly investment game without commitment under uncertain market expansion," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 30(6), pages 663-681.
  5. Marcel Boyer & Pierre Lasserre & Michel Moreaux, 2007. "The Dynamics of Industry Investments," CIRANO Working Papers 2007s-09, CIRANO.
  6. Lambrecht, Bart & Perraudin, William, 2003. "Real options and preemption under incomplete information," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 619-643, February.

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