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Consumer-benefiting exclusive territories

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I investigate the effect of exclusive territories, which are typical vertical controls imposed by upstream firms. Using shipping spatial models, I consider an industry that consists of many independent local markets. An upstream monopolist restricts competition between downstream firms using exclusive territories. I find that exclusive territories reduce the prices of final products in all local markets in quantity-setting competition. In price-setting competition, they raise prices in half the local markets, reduce them in other markets, and also reduce the total consumer surplus.

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  • Toshihiro Matsumura, 2003. "Consumer-benefiting exclusive territories," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 36(4), pages 1007-1025, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:36:y:2003:i:4:p:1007-1025
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    3. Hiroshi Kitamura & Noriaki Matsushima & Misato Sato, 2015. "Exclusive Contracts with Complementary Inputs," ISER Discussion Paper 0918r, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University, revised Sep 2015.
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    JEL classification:

    • L42 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Vertical Restraints; Resale Price Maintenance; Quantity Discounts
    • R32 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Other Spatial Production and Pricing Analysis

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