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Oligopoly Equilibria When Firms Have Local Knowledge of Demand

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This paper investigates the existence of oligopoly equilibria when firms arrive, through local price experiments, at a correct estimation of their demand curves in a neighborhood of a given statu s quo. The author provides sufficient conditions for the existence of a local Nash equilibrium, defined as a point where each firm is at a local maximum of its profit function, given the prices charged by th e other firms. He also provides two examples, one of a duopoly with l ocal Nash equilibria but no Nash equilibria and the other of a duopol y with no local Nash equilibria. Copyright 1988 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Bonanno, Giacomo, 1988. "Oligopoly Equilibria When Firms Have Local Knowledge of Demand," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 29(1), pages 45-55, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:29:y:1988:i:1:p:45-55
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