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Information exchange in a Cournot duopoly with nonlinear demand function

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  • Fabio Tramontana

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    (Department of Economics and Management, University of Pavia)

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We study information sharing in a Cournot duopoly with isoelastic demand function, when the elasticity is uncertain. This is one of the first attempts to analyze the role of nonlinearity in such a framework. We found important results about the profitability of sharing informations when marginal costs are high and/or the variance between elasticity values is low. From the point of view of welfare considerations, not sharing information seems to be the best scenario.

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Paper provided by University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management in its series DEM Working Papers Series with number 049.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pav:demwpp:demwp0049

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Keywords: Information exchange; Cournot duopoly; Hyperbolic demand;

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