Oligopolistic Services and Cost Function Estimation
AbstractOligopolistic services and branch network decisions are studied. There are two opposing effects when a firm decides the number of branches : the captivation effect of increasing market power, and a cost effect of average costs. These ideas are formalized in a two-city Hotelling model. Firms face two cost functions : the technical cost function, given by production technology and the perceived cost function which reflects also market characteristics. There are economies of scope and diseconomies of scale at firm level and economies of scale at branch level in Finnish non-life insurance, as predicted by the model.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 429.
Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 1994
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cost function ; insurance ; multimarket ; oligopoly ; services;
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