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Reputation in Bargaining and Durable Goods Monopoly

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  • Ausubel, Lawrence M
  • Deneckere, Raymond J

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This paper analyzes durable goods monopoly in an infinite-horizon, discrete-time game. The authors prove that, as the time interval between successive offers approaches zero, all seller payoffs between zero and static monopoly profits are supported by subgame perfect equilibria. This reverses a well-known conjecture of Coase. Alternatively, one can interpret the model as a sequential bargaining game with one-sided incomplete information in which an uninformed seller makes all the offers. The authors' folk theorem for seller payoffs equally applies to the set of sequential equilibria of this bargaining game. Copyright 1989 by The Econometric Society.

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  • Ausubel, Lawrence M & Deneckere, Raymond J, 1989. "Reputation in Bargaining and Durable Goods Monopoly," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 57(3), pages 511-531, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:57:y:1989:i:3:p:511-31
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