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Content Protection and Oligopolistic Interactions

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  • Kala Krishna
  • Motoshige Itoh

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In oligopolistic situations content protection can have unexpected effects as it changes the nature of interactions between input suppliers. With a duoply, it does so in a manner that makes the foreign firm wish to match price increases and decreases of the domestic firm. Domestic input suppliers can therefore lose from such policies, even when set at free trade levels. The relation between input demands, the form of protection, and the degree of substitution between inputs is shown to define the effects of content protection and to provide the basis for understanding who might lobby for protection in different environments.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1843.

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Date of creation: Feb 1986
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Publication status: published as Review of Economic Studies, Vol. LV, pp. 107-125, January 1988.
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  1. Jeremy I. Bulow & John Geanakoplos & Paul D. Klemperer, 1983. "Multimarket Oligopoly," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 674, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
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