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Non-Negative Quantity Constraints and the Duration of Punishment

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  • Luca Lambertini
  • Dan Sasaki

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In an oligopoly supergame, firms face an obvious technological constraint: the positivity of their production quantities. WE show that Lambson's (1987) result on "security-level punishment", that the single-period punishment makes the firm's discounted participation condition just bind, holds only in a Bertrand supergame with perfect substitutes. In general, the sustainability of collusion by means of single-period penal codes hinges critically upon the degree of supermodularity in the stage game, as well as upon the positivity constraints on prices and/or quantities.
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  • Luca Lambertini & Dan Sasaki, 2002. "Non-Negative Quantity Constraints and the Duration of Punishment," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 53(1), pages 77-93.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecrev:v:53:y:2002:i:1:p:77-93
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    1. Robert Gagné & Simon van Norden & Bruno Versaevel, 2003. "Testing Optimal Punishment Mechanisms Under Price Regulation: the Case of the Retail Market for Gasoline," CIRANO Working Papers 2003s-57, CIRANO.
    2. Etienne Billette de Villemeur & Laurent Flochel & Bruno Versaevel, 2013. "Optimal collusion with limited liability," International Journal of Economic Theory, The International Society for Economic Theory, vol. 9(3), pages 203-227, September.
    3. Baldelli, Serena & Lambertini, Luca, 2006. "Price vs quantity in a duopoly supergame with Nash punishments," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(3), pages 121-130, September.
    4. F. Delbono & L. Lambertini, 2015. "Parabolic Cylinders and Folk Theorems," Working Papers wp1043, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    5. F. Delbono & L. Lambertini, 2016. "On Globally Optimal Punishments in the Repeated Cournot Game," Working Papers wp1091, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    6. Etienne Billette de Villemeur & Laurent Flochel & Bruno Versaevel, 2009. "Optimal Collusion with Limited Severity Constraint," Post-Print halshs-00375798, HAL.
    7. repec:eee:matsoc:v:92:y:2018:i:c:p:10-15 is not listed on IDEAS

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    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games

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