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Excess Capacity as a Commitment to Promote Entry


  • von Ungern-Sternberg, Thomas


Excess capacities held by a dominant firm are usually viewed as ant icompetitive because they constitute a barrier to entry. This paper explores an alternative reason for a dominant firm to hold excess capacities: they serve as an assurance to upstream (or downstream) companies that the dominant firm will not behave opportunistically once they have made their sunk investments. Excess capacities held for this reason lead to a welfare (Pareto) improvement. Copyright 1988 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • von Ungern-Sternberg, Thomas, 1988. "Excess Capacity as a Commitment to Promote Entry," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(2), pages 113-122, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:37:y:1988:i:2:p:113-22

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    1. Venkat Subramaniam, 1998. "Efficient Sourcing and Debt Financing in Imperfect Product Markets," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 44(9), pages 1167-1178, September.
    2. Wu, Wei-Ming, 2009. "An approach for measuring the optimal fleet capacity: Evidence from the container shipping lines in Taiwan," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 122(1), pages 118-126, November.
    3. Mikhael Shor, 2008. "An experiment on strategic capacity reduction," Working papers 2012-22, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
    4. Arijit Mukherjee, 2002. "Capacity Commitment and Licensing," Keele Economics Research Papers KERP 2002/05, Centre for Economic Research, Keele University.

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