Tacit Collusion in Price-Setting Duopoly Markets: Experimental Evidence
AbstractWe study the effect of demand structure on the ability of subjects to tacitly collude on prices by considering Bertrand substitutes and Bertrand complements. We find evidence of collusion in the complements treatment, but no such evidence in the substitutes treatment. This finding is somewhat in contrast with Potters and Suetens (2007) who observe tacit collusion in two treatments with similar underlying demand structures but with no market context.
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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 10 Jul 2008
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collusion; Bertrand; experiment;
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"Risk Aversion and Tacit Collusion in a Bertrand Duopoly Experiment,"
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- Lisa R. Anderson & Beth A. Freeborn & Jason P. Hulbert, 2009. "Risk Aversion and Tacit Collusion in a Bertrand Duopoly Experiment," Working Papers 84, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.
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