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Asymmetric Duopoly under Different Market Structures


  • Jim Y. Jin

    (School of Economics and Finance, University of St. Andrews, U.K.)

  • Osiris J. Parcero

    (Economics Department, College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, U.A.E.)


When goods are substitutes (complements), we find a clear price (output) ranking across five duopoly markets, namely Cournot, Bertrand, Cournot-Stackelberg, Bertrand-Stackelberg, and joint profit maximization. We explain these rankings in terms of levels of conjectural variation.

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  • Jim Y. Jin & Osiris J. Parcero, 2010. "Asymmetric Duopoly under Different Market Structures," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 9(1), pages 45-56, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijb:journl:v:9:y:2010:i:1:p:45-56

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    market comparison; price/output ranking; conjectural variation;

    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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