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What Level of Competition Intensity Maximises Investment in the Wireless Industry?

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  • Georges Vivien Houngbonon

    (LGI - Laboratoire Génie Industriel - EA 2606 - CentraleSupélec)

  • François Jeanjean

    (Orange Labs - Orange Labs [Belfort] - France Télécom)

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between competition and investment in the wireless industry from a dynamic perspective. Using firm level data and instrumental variable estimation strategy, it finds that the relationship is inverted-U shaped. The investment maximising intensity of competition is reached when operators' gross profits represent 37 or 40 percent of their revenues, depending on whether capital expenditures are normalised by the number of subscribers. This finding means that investment increases with competition as long as operators' profits are above the thresholds of 37 or 40 percent of their revenues. Under these thresholds, there is a tradeoff between competition and investment. The paper also finds a significant long run effect of competition on investment which amplifies the short run effect by a factor of 3 to 4.

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  • Georges Vivien Houngbonon & François Jeanjean, 2016. "What Level of Competition Intensity Maximises Investment in the Wireless Industry?," Post-Print hal-01653797, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01653797
    DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2016.04.001
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    Competition; Investment; Mobile Telecommunications;
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    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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