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Competition and trust: Evidence from German car manufacturers

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  • Felli, Leonardo
  • Koenen, Johannes
  • Stahl, Konrad O.

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We explore the determinants and effects of trust relationships between upstream suppliers and downstream producers. Using unique survey data on individual supplier-buyer relationships in the German automotive industry, we show, by means of different measures of supplier-buyer trust, that higher levels of trust mitigate relationship-specific underinvestment in a classical hold-up situation. Moreover, contrary to the extant literature, we show that higher levels of supplier's trust are reflected in the buyer's choice of a more competitive procurement strategy among potential suppliers. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 11-072.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:11072

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Keywords: trust; hold-up problem; competition; specific investment; suppliers; car manufacturers; German automotive industry;

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  1. Harhoff, Dietmar & Mueller, Elisabeth & Van Reenen, John, 2012. "What are the channels for technology sourcing? Panel data evidence from German companies," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 187, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

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