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Input foreclosure under alternative entry conditions in the upstream market

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    We analyze a successive vertical Cournot oligopoly model with homogeneous intermediate and final goods. Under restricted entry in both upstream and downstream markets, the input price continuously falls on a sequential merger path. Partial input foreclosure never occurs. However, when there is free entry in the upstream market, we find that the input price initially falls but eventually rises as incremental vertical mergers occur. Thus, under upstream free-entry equilibrium, the possibility of partial input foreclosure arises.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Macedonia in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2011_15.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2011
    Date of revision: Nov 2011
    Handle: RePEc:mcd:mcddps:2011_15

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    Keywords: Input foreclosure; Vertical integration; Vertical mergers; Free entry.;

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