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"When Should Manufacturers Want Fair Trade?": New Insights from Asymmetric Information when Supply Chains Compete

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  • Jakub Kastl

    (Stanford University)

  • David Martimort

    (PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS-PSL - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris Sciences et Lettres - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - ENS-PSL - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris Sciences et Lettres - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement)

  • Salvatore Piccolo

    (University of Naples Federico II = Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II)

Abstract

We study a model of competing manufacturer/retailer pairs where adverse selection and moral hazard are coupled with promotional externalities at the downstream level. In contrast to earlier models mainly focusing on a bilateral monopoly setting, we show that with competing brands a 'laissez-faire' approach towards vertical price control might not always promote productive efficiency. Giving manufacturers freedom to control retail prices is more likely to harm consumers when retailers impose positive promotional externalities on each other, and the converse is true otherwise. Our simple model also suggests that, with competing supply chains, consumers and manufacturers might prefer different contractual modes if promotional externalities have substantial effects on demands.

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  • Jakub Kastl & David Martimort & Salvatore Piccolo, 2011. ""When Should Manufacturers Want Fair Trade?": New Insights from Asymmetric Information when Supply Chains Compete," Post-Print halshs-00754510, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00754510
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9134.2011.00300.x
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