Networks of Collaboration in Oligopoly
AbstractIn an oligopoly, prior to competing in the market, firms have an opportunity to form pair-wisecollaborative links with other firms. These pair-wise links involve a commitment of resources andlead to lower costs of production of the collaborating firms. The collection of pair-wise linksdefines a collaboration network. We study the architecture of strategically stable networks.Our analysis reveals that in a setting where firms are ex-ante identical, strategically stablenetworks are often asymmetric, with some firms having a large number of links while others havefew links or no links at all. We characterize such asymmetric networks; the dominant grouparchitecture, stars, and inter-linked stars are found to be stable. In asymmetric networks, thefirms with many links have lower costs of production as compared to firms with few links. Thuscollaboration links can have a major influence on the functioning of the market.
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- Sumit Joshi, 2000. "Networks of Collaboration in Oligopoly," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0623, Econometric Society.
- Goyal, S. & Joshi, S., 2000. "Networks of Collaboration in Oligopoly," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 9952-/A, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
- C45 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Neural Networks and Related Topics
- D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
- L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
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