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Welfare in differentiated oligopolies with more than two firms

  • Schmidt, Robert C.

Excessive differentiation in the quality or location dimension in order to soften price competition is a well-established conclusion concerning duopolistic markets. This has inspired authors to discuss policy measures that may improve welfare in a differentiated market. In the present paper, a general welfare analysis is conducted for a varying number of firms. It is shown that outcomes are almost optimal when three or more competitors are in the market. In light of this, a laissez-faire policy should be adopted. For a range of entry costs, market outcomes entail insufficient entry. Therefore, a subsidy to entry may improve welfare.

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Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 501-507

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