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Multi-Store Competition: Market Segmentation or Interlacing?

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  • Maarten C.W. Janssen

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    (Dept of Micro-Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Vladimir A. Karamychev

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    (Dept of Information Science, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Peran van Reeven

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    (Dept of Regional, Port and Transport Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Abstract

This paper develops a model for multi-store competition between firms. Using thefact that different firms have different outlets and produce horizontally differentiated goods, we obtain a pure strategy equilibrium where firms choose a different location for each outlet and firms' locations are interlaced. Moreover, generically, the subgame perfect equilibrium isunique and when the firms have an equal number of outlets, prices are independent of the number of outlets.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 03-033/1.

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Date of creation: 10 Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20030033

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Keywords: multi-store competition; hotelling; interlacing;

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  1. Simon Loertscher & Yves Schneider, 2005. "Switching Costs, Firm Size, and Market Structure," SOI - Working Papers 0508, Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich.
  2. Varela-Irimia, Xosé-Luís, 2011. "Multi-stage oligopoly models with nested logit demand structures: A simplifying approach," Working Papers 2072/179616, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
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