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Why do gas prices vary, or towards understanding the micro-structure of competition

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  • Philip Bromiley

    (Department of Strategic Management, University of Minnesota, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA)

  • Chris Papenhausen

    (Department of Strategic Management, University of Minnesota, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA)

  • Patricia Borchert

    (Department of Strategic Management, University of Minnesota, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA)

Abstract

Strategic management work on competition considers industry segments or industries for the most part. We argue that real competition occurs at much lower levels of aggregation in many industries: what we term the micro-structure of competition. Micro-structures arise from boundedly rational firms searching imperfectly for business opportunities and boundedly rational consumers searching in a behaviorally determined manner for products and services. This paper lays out the basics of the micro-structural approach to competitive analysis and presents initial propositions from that approach. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Philip Bromiley & Chris Papenhausen & Patricia Borchert, 2002. "Why do gas prices vary, or towards understanding the micro-structure of competition," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 23(4-5), pages 171-186.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:23:y:2002:i:4-5:p:171-186
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1060
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    1. Assaf Razin & Efraim Sadka, 1995. "Population Economics," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262181606, January.
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    1. Daniel Albalate & Jordi Perdiguero, 2012. "“Entry Regulation Asymmetries and Gasoline Competition in a Mixed Motorway Network”," IREA Working Papers 201218, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Nov 2012.
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