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Dynamic Price Competition

We consider the model of price competition for a single buyer among many sellers in a dynamic environment. The surplus from each trade is allowed to depend on the path of previous purchases, and as a result, the model captures phenomena such as learning by doing and habit formation in consumption characterize Markovian equilibria for finite and infinite horizon versions of the model and show that the stationary infinite horizon version of the model possesses an equilibrium where all the sellers receive an equilibrium payoff equal to their marginal contribution to the social welfare.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1412.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2003
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Theory (2006), 127: 232-263
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1412
Note: CFP 1174
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