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A Note on Price and Quantity Competition in Differentiated Oligopolies

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  • Häckner, Jonas

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

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In this not we show that the results developed in Singh and Vives (1984) are sensitive to the duopoly assumtion (Rand Journal of Economics 15, 546-554). If there are more than two firms, prices may be higher under price competition than unde quantity competition. This will be the case if quality differences are large and goods are complements. If goods are substitutes, high-quality fims may earn higher profits unde price competion than under quantity competition. Hence, it is not evident which kind of competition is more efficient.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 1999:9.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 17 Aug 1999
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Theory, 2000, pages 233-239.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:1999_0009

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Keywords: Product Differentiation; Oligopoly; Cournot; Bertrand;

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  1. Nirvikar Singh & Xavier Vives, 1984. "Price and Quantity Competition in a Differentiated Duopoly," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 15(4), pages 546-554, Winter.
  2. David M. Kreps & Jose A. Scheinkman, 1983. "Quantity Precommitment and Bertrand Competition Yield Cournot Outcomes," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 14(2), pages 326-337, Autumn.
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