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Limit-Pricing and Learning-By-Doing: A Dynamic Game with Incomplete Information

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  • Ke Yang

    (Barney School of Business, University of Hartford, U.S.A.)

Abstract

We study a firm's pricing/output strategy under threat of entry in a two-period game with asymmetric information, where the firm can reduce future cost through learning-by-doing. In contrast with previous literature, we show that a firm's incentive to reduce cost through higher production may not align with its incentive to signal its cost type. As a consequence, in equilibrium, the incumbent firm might distort its price upward instead of downward.

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  • Ke Yang, 2010. "Limit-Pricing and Learning-By-Doing: A Dynamic Game with Incomplete Information," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 9(3), pages 201-212, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijb:journl:v:9:y:2010:i:3:p:201-212
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    Cited by:

    1. Cheng-Feng Cheng, 2012. "Evaluate the Effectiveness of Manager Compensation," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 11(1), pages 25-44, June.
    2. Pires Cesaltina Pacheco & Catalão-Lopes Margarida, 2013. "Economies of Scope, Entry Deterrence and Welfare," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 419-452, June.
    3. Ana Espínola-Arredondo & Félix Muñoz-García, 2013. "Uncovering Entry Deterrence in the Presence of Learning-by-Doing," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 319-338, September.

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    Keywords

    limit-pricing; learning-by-doing; dynamic game;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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