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Upstream Monopoly and Downstream Information Sharing

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  • Pio Baake
  • Andreas Harasser

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We analyze a vertical structure with an upstream monopoly and two downstream retailers. Demand is uncertain but each retailer receives an informative private signal about the state of the demand. We construct an incentive compatible and ex ante balanced mechanism which induces the retailers to share their information truthfully. Information sharing can be profitable for the retailers but is likely to be detrimental for social welfare.

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  • Pio Baake & Andreas Harasser, 2017. "Upstream Monopoly and Downstream Information Sharing," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1635, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    information sharing; upstream monopoly; vertical relations;
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    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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