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Multiplant Monopoly in a Spatial Market

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This article analyzes the behavior of a multiplant monopolist in a spatial market. After demonstrating that the profit maximizer may establish an excessive or insufficient number of plants, the article derives criteria by which to determine the direction of this distortion. The distortion arises when consumer surplus is a function of the number of plants (holding the level of output fixed) and, consequently, the private and social benefits from changes in plant density diverge. The article also examines monopolist's choice of output level. An example is presented in which the profit maximizer produces more output than would a welfare maximizer.

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  • Michael L. Katz, 1980. "Multiplant Monopoly in a Spatial Market," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 11(2), pages 519-535, Autumn.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:bellje:v:11:y:1980:i:autumn:p:519-535
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    1. Rey, Patrick & Salant, David, 2012. "Abuse of dominance and licensing of intellectual property," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 30(6), pages 518-527.
    2. Farrell, Joseph & Gilbert, Richard & Katz, Michael, 2002. "Market Structure, Organizational Structure, and R&D Diversity," Competition Policy Center, Working Paper Series qt8md3920f, Competition Policy Center, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley.
    3. Hermalin, Benjamin E. & Katz, Michael L., 2007. "The economics of product-line restrictions with an application to the network neutrality debate," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 215-248, June.
    4. Christian Roessler, 2006. "Public Good Menus and Feature Complementarity," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 962, The University of Melbourne.

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