Information Sharing Networks in Oligopoly
AbstractWe study the incentives of oligopolistic firms to share private information on demand parameters. Differently from previous studies, we consider bilateral sharing agreements, by which firms commit at the ex-ante stage to truthfully share information. We show that if signals are i.i.d., then pairwise stable networks of sharing agreements are either empty or made of fully connected components of increasing size. When linking is costly, non complete components may emerge, and components with larger size are less densly connected than components with smaller size. When signals have different variances, incomplete and irregular network can be stable, with firms observing high variance signals acting as "critical nodes". Finally, when signals are correlated, the empty network may not be pairwise stable when the number of firms and/or correlation are large enough.
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Information sharing; oligopoly; networks; Bayesian equilibrium;
Other versions of this item:
- D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
- L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
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- NEP-CTA-2008-07-20 (Contract Theory & Applications)
- NEP-GTH-2008-07-20 (Game Theory)
- NEP-IND-2008-07-20 (Industrial Organization)
- NEP-MIC-2008-07-20 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-NET-2008-07-20 (Network Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2008-07-20 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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