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Exit, Sunk Costs and the Selection of Firms

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  • Garella, P-G
  • Richelle, Y

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This paper aims to identify the cost characteristics of existing firms whenever firms are playing an infinite horizon supergame. Recognizing that, with more than two firms, the problem of which firms exit is quite similar to a coalition formation one, we associate to this supergame a game in coalitional form and obtain a prediction on the firm which are the more likly to stay out of the market by using the concept of a stable coalition structure.

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  • Garella, P-G & Richelle, Y, 1997. "Exit, Sunk Costs and the Selection of Firms," ASSET - Instituto De Economia Publica 154, ASSET (Association of Southern European Economic Theorists).
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:inecpu:154
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    1. Jean J. Gabszewicz & Marco A. Marini & Ornella Tarola, 2015. "Alliance Formation in a Vertically Differentiated Market," DIAG Technical Reports 2015-06, Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering, Universita' degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza".
    2. Gamal Atallah, 2006. "Opportunity Costs, Competition, and Firm Selection," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, pages 409-430.
    3. Gabszewicz, Jean J. & Marini, Marco A. & Tarola, Ornella, 2015. "Endogenous Mergers in Vertically Differentiated Markets," MPRA Paper 68318, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory

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