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Stackelberg competition with endogenous entry

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  • Federico Etro

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    (Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca)

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This paper analyzes market structures where leaders have a first mover advantage and entry by the followers is endogenous. The strategy of the leaders is always more aggressive than the strategy of the followers independently from strategic substitutability or complementarity. Under quantity competition, the leader produces more than any other firm and I determine the conditions for entry deterrence to be optimal (high substitutability and constant or decreasing marginal costs). Under price competition, the leader sets a lower price than each follower, just the opposite than with an exogenous number of firms. In contests the leader invests more than each follower. In all these cases a leadership improves the allocation of resources compared to the Nash equilibrium with endogenous entry.

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Paper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 121.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2007
Date of revision: 2007
Handle: RePEc:mib:wpaper:121

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Keywords: Stackelberg Competition; Leadership; Free Entry;

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