Competition enhancings measures and scope economies: a welfare appraisal
This paper examines welfare changes before the introduction of more competition in technologically related markets. We develop a simple two-market duopoly with product differentiation where a multi-product firm competes with a different single-product firm in each market. Two competition enhancing measures are considered, divestiture of the multi-product firm and entry of single-product firms in one of the markets. The results obtained indicate that more competition may lead to a welfare reduction. Our analysis points out the relevance of the type and size of economies of scope, the particular way of introducing more competition and the degree of product differentiation.
Volume (Year): 27 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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