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Competition in Interrelated Markets: An Empirical Study

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  • Asplund, Marcus

    (Department of Economics)

  • Sandin, Rickard

    (Department of Economics)

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This paper studies competition in small, concentrated and inter- related markets. Our data set consists of price information fron 543 driving schools in 250 local markets in sweden, which gives a large sample to test hypotheses on how market structure influences competition. The results show that if prices in nearby markets are low, and the distances to them are short, it reduces prices, as suggested in models of spatial competition. Moreover, we find that prices in closely located markets are interdependent. It is also shown that prices are increasing in firm concentration within a market, as most theories of oligopoly predict.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 84.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Nov 1995
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of Industrial Organization, 1999, pages 353-369.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0084

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Keywords: Spatial competition; interrelated markets; oligopoly; driving schools;

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  1. Asplund, Marcus & Sandin, Rickard, 1995. "Competition in Interrelated Markets: An Empirical Study," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 84, Stockholm School of Economics.
  2. Asplund, Marcus, 1998. "On the size distributions of firms and markets," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 288, Stockholm School of Economics.
  3. Friberg, Richard & Ganslandt, Mattias & Sandström, Mikael, 2001. "Pricing Strategies in E-Commerce: Bricks vs. Clicks," Working Paper Series 559, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  4. Gerhard Clemenz & Klaus Gugler, 2002. "Locational choice and price competition: Some empirical results for the Austrian retail gasoline market," Vienna Economics Papers 0206, University of Vienna, Department of Economics.
  5. Richard Nahuis & Joëlle Noailly, 2005. "Competition and quality in the notary profession," CPB Document 94, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  6. Hackl, Franz & Kummer, Michael E. & Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf & Zulehner, Christine, 2012. "Market Structure and Market Performance in E-Commerce," Economics Series 287, Institute for Advanced Studies.
  7. Andersson, Hans & Hoffmann, Ruben, 2008. "Farm Tourism and Spatial Competition," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 44417, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  8. Hackl, Franz & Kummer, Michael E. & Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf & Zulehner, Christine, 2014. "Market structure and market performance in E-commerce," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 68(C), pages 199-218.

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