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Cheap Talk and Investment Rivalry in the Pulp and Paper Industry

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  • Christensen, Laurits Rolf
  • Caves, Richard E

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Determinants of the abandonment of previously announced capacity expansions are analyzed in eleven industries within the North American pulp and paper sector. Given the investor's initial confidence, extent of precommitment of resources, and postannouncement fresh news, abandonment's likelihood increases with unanticipated projects subsequently announced by rivals. The process suggests a continual auction with the winning projects and firms having certain systematic properties. Unexpected announcements by rivals promote abandonment only in less concentrated industries; elsewhere completion is actually encouraged. Short-run price competition is found highly sensitive to capacity utilization and the market's geographic scope is tested. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Christensen, Laurits Rolf & Caves, Richard E, 1997. "Cheap Talk and Investment Rivalry in the Pulp and Paper Industry," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(1), pages 47-73, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:45:y:1997:i:1:p:47-73
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