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Outsourcing and Vertical Integration in a Competitive Industry

  • Federico Ciliberto

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    (Department of Economics, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400182, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182, USA)

  • John C. Panzar

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    (The University of Auckland Business School, Owen G. Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland, New Zealand)

We develop a partial equilibrium, perfectly competitive framework of a (potentially) vertically integrated industry. There are three types of firms: upstream firms that use primary factors to produce an intermediate good; downstream firms that use primary factors and intermediate goods to produce a final good; and vertically integrated firms that do both. We establish conditions under which vertically integrated firms exist and outsource (part of) the production of the intermediate input. We study the changes in industry configurations resulting from changes in costs and demand.

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Volume (Year): 77 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
Pages: 885-900

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Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:77:4:y:2011:p:885-900
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