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Competition, timing of entry and welfare in a preemption game

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  • Argenziano, Rossella
  • Schmidt-Dengler, Philipp

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We show that in a preemption game of entry into a Cournot market, increasing the number of competitors beyond duopoly does not bring forward the time of first entry. We also show that all entries, except the first one, occur earlier than socially optimal.

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  • Argenziano, Rossella & Schmidt-Dengler, Philipp, 2013. "Competition, timing of entry and welfare in a preemption game," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 120(3), pages 509-512.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:120:y:2013:i:3:p:509-512
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.06.009
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    1. Giulia Pavan & Andrea Pozzi & Gabriele Rovigatti, 2017. "Strategic Entry and Potential Competition - Evidence from Compressed Gas Fuel Retail," EIEF Working Papers Series 1709, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), revised Jun 2017.
    2. Smirnov, Vladimir & Wait, Andrew, 2015. "Innovation in a generalized timing game," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 23-33.

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    Keywords

    Timing games; Preemption; Dynamic entry;

    JEL classification:

    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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