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On the effects of entry in Cournot markets

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  • AMIR, Rabah

    () (Department of Economics, University of Southern Danemark, Denmark)

  • LAMBSON, Val

    () (Department of Economics, Brigham Young University, USA)

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In the framework of symmetric Cournot oligopoly, this paper provides two minimal sets of assumptions on the demand and cost functions that imply respectively that, as the number of firms increases, the minimal and maximal equilibria lead to (i) decreasing industry price and increasing or decreasing per-firm output; and (ii) increasing industry price (and decreasing per-firm output). In both cases, per-firm profits are decreasing. The analysis relies crucially on lattice-theoretic methods and yields general, unambiguous and easily interpretable conclusions of a global nature. As a byproduct of independent interest, new insight into existence of Cournot equilibrium is developed.

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  • AMIR, Rabah & LAMBSON, Val, 1999. "On the effects of entry in Cournot markets," LIDAM Discussion Papers CORE 1999059, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1999059
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    Keywords

    Cournot oligopoly; quasi-competitiveness; supemodular games; equilibrium comparative statics.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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