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Outsourcing Induced by Strategic Competition

  • Yutian Chen

    (Dept. of Economics, SUNY-Stony Brook)

  • Pradeep Dubey

    (Dept. of Economics, SUNY-Stony Brook)

  • Debapriya Sen

    (Dept. of Economics, SUNY-Stony Brook)

We show that intermediate goods can be sourced to firms on the "outside" (that do not compete in the final product market), even when there are no economies of scale or cost advantages for these firms. What drives the phenomenon is that "inside" firms, by accepting such orders, incur the disadvantage of becoming Stackelberg followers in the ensuing competition to sell the final product. Thus they have incentive to quote high provider prices to ward off future competitors, driving the latter to source outside.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1589.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1589
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