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Identification of Supply Models of Retailer and Manufacturer Oligopoly Pricing

  • Villas-Boas, Sofia
  • Hellerstein, Rebecca

This note outlines conditions under which we can identify a vertical supply model of multiple retailers’ and manufacturers’ oligopoly-pricing behavior. This is an important question particularly when the researcher believes, contrary to the traditional assumption followed in the empirical literature, that retailers may not be neutral pass-through intermediaries. We show that a data-set of an industry’s product prices, quantities, and input prices over time is sufficient to identify the vertical model of retailers’ and manufacturers’ oligopoly-pricing behavior given nonlinear demand, for homogeneous-products industries, and given multi-product firms, for differentiated-products industries.

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Paper provided by Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley in its series Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series with number qt92x5f4j3.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:agrebk:qt92x5f4j3
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  1. Nevo, Aviv, 1998. "Identification of the oligopoly solution concept in a differentiated-products industry," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 59(3), pages 391-395, June.
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  9. Rebecca Hellerstein, 2004. "Who Bears the Cost of a Change in the Exchange Rate?," Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings 589, Econometric Society.
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