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Bertrand-Edgeworth equilibrium with a large number of firms

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  • Prabal Roy Chowdhury

    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi)

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We examine a model of price competition where the firms simultaneously decide on both price and quantity, and are free to supply less than the quantity demanded. We demonstrate that if the tie-breaking rule is `non-manipulable', then, for a large class of rationing rules, there is a unique equilibrium in pure strategies whenever the number of firms is large enough. We then show that the `folk theorem' of perfect competition holds. Finally, we examine if the results go through when the firms are asymmetric, or produce to order.

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  • Prabal Roy Chowdhury, 2004. "Bertrand-Edgeworth equilibrium with a large number of firms," Discussion Papers 04-12, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi.
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    Bertrand equilibrium; pure strategy; non-manipulable tiebreaking rule;
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    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • D41 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Perfect Competition
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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