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Input pricing by an upstream monopolist into imperfectly competitive downstream markets

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When entry is independent from profitability conditions, the upstream supplier's optimal pricing policy is invariant with respect to downstream market structure. This price invariance result, however, is reversed when there is free entry in downstream market. When entry is endogenously dependent on profitability conditions, the upstream supplier's price setting behavior depends on the number of operative firms in the final goods market. We show that the upstream supplier charges a higher input price under a free entry situation in downstream market than under a no-entry condition. We also show that a higher input price is set under Bertrand competition than under Cournot competition in a downstream market with free entry.

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  • Pinopoulos, Ioannis N., 2011. "Input pricing by an upstream monopolist into imperfectly competitive downstream markets," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(3), pages 144-151, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reecon:v:65:y:2011:i:3:p:144-151
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    Keywords

    Vertical relationship Pricing Competition Free entry;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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