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A stackelberg duopoly with binary choices of objectives


  • Athanasia Mavrommati

    () (Department of Economics, University of Crete)


This paper analyzes a Stackelberg model where firms choose their objective functions (profit or revenue) in order to achieve maximum payoff. The objective of the present work is to demonstrate that depending on the unit cost of production, firms make either asymmetric choices of objectives (low values of the unit cost) or symmetric choices (high values of the unit cost). As a result of these choices, the payoff advantage alternates between the first and the second mover in the market.

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  • Athanasia Mavrommati, 2012. "A stackelberg duopoly with binary choices of objectives," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(1), pages 843-853.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00243

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    1. Michael Kopel & Clemens Löffler, 2008. "Commitment, first-mover-, and second-mover advantage," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 94(2), pages 143-166, July.
    2. Vardy, Felix, 2004. "The value of commitment in Stackelberg games with observation costs," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 374-400, November.
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    endogenous objectives; revenue objective; profit objective; first-mover advantage; second-mover advantage.;

    JEL classification:

    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance


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