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Networks of Collaboration in Multi-market Oligopolies

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  • Billand, Pascal
  • Bravard, Christophe
  • Chakrabarti, Subhadip
  • Sarangi, Sudipta

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The result that firms competing in a Cournot oligopoly with pairwise collaboration form a complete network under zero or negligible link formation costs provided by Goyal and Joshi (2003) no longer hold in multi-market oligopolies. Link formation in one market affects a firm’s profitability in another market in a possibly negative way resulting in the fact that it is no longer always profitable in an unambiguous manner. With non-negative link formation costs, the stable networks have a dominant group architecture and efficient networks are charecterized by at most one non-singleton component with a geodesic distance between players that is less than three.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 28188.

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