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Optimal Zoning in Spatial Differentiation

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  • Hamid Hamoudi
  • Isabel Rodríguez
  • Marcos Sanz Martín-Bustamante

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This study analyzes optimal zoning policy in a duopolistic spatial competition framework for both circular and linear spaces. A regulator is introduced in the third stage of the price-location game through a welfare function to model zoning preferences from firms and consumers. An equilibrium outcome is then found for both spatial configurations. When the regulator is inclined to favor consumers (consumer-oriented) both firms are restricted to locate at one point to serve the whole market. Nevertheless, when the preferences of the regulator are biased towards firms (firm-oriented) the zoning area is maximized, with both firms being located at the market boundaries. The equilibrium outcome confirms location patterns found in real life situations under a non-neutral regulator.

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  • Hamid Hamoudi & Isabel Rodríguez & Marcos Sanz Martín-Bustamante, 2017. "Optimal Zoning in Spatial Differentiation," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 44(1 Year 20), pages 33-51, June.
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    Keywords

    Zoning; spatial competition; welfare function; equilibrium results; industrial policy;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D47 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Market Design
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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