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Buyer power and exclusion in vertically related markets

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We explore how the incentives for exclusion, both in upstream and downstream vertical markets, are related to the bargaining position of suppliers and retailers. We consider a model with a dominant upstream manufacturer and a competitive fringe of producers of imperfect substitutes offering their products to two differentiated downstream retailers. In this model we contrast the equilibrium outcome in two alternative situations. The first one is when the dominant supplier holds all the bargaining power, and this is compared with the outcome when the retailers have all the bargaining power. We show that exclusion occurs when interbrand and intrabrand competition is strong. Moreover, in contrast to the received literature, we find that when retailers have buyer power, this enhances welfare compared to when the manufacturer holds all the bargaining power.

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Paper provided by University of Bergen, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 01/12.

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Length: 115 pages
Date of creation: 31 Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bergec:2012_001

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Keywords: exclusive dealing; exclusive purchasing; exclusive selling; buyer power; com-petition; vertical restraints;

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  1. Gabrielsen, Tommy Staahl & Johansen, Bjørn Olav, 2013. "Resale Price Maintenance And Up-Front Payments: Achieving Horizontal Control Under Seller And Buyer Power," Working Papers in Economics 02/13, University of Bergen, Department of Economics.

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