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From Closed to Contestable Markets: Product Differentiation in Indian Durable Consumer Goods Industry

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  • Sanyal, Amal

    (Lincoln University)

  • Patibandla, Murali

    (Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School)

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We examine the most likely strategy of product differentiation by newly entering multinational firms when market reforms begin in a developing economy. We argue that incumbents in a non contestable protected market do not have the usual advantages of an incumbent as in a standard sequential entry model of contestable markets. In this context we use a model of vertical product differentiation to argue that a new entrant will choose a higher quality product and a higher price given the income distribution profile brought in by the market reforms. We test the propositions empirically on the basis of firm level panel data for five Indian durable consumer goods industries.

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  • Sanyal, Amal & Patibandla, Murali, 1999. "From Closed to Contestable Markets: Product Differentiation in Indian Durable Consumer Goods Industry," Working Papers 9-1999, Copenhagen Business School, Department of International Economics and Management.
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    1. Patibandla, Murali & Phani, B.V., 2001. "Market Reforms and Industrial Productivity: An Explanation," Working Papers 2-2001, Copenhagen Business School, Department of International Economics and Management.
    2. Patibandla, Murali & Petersen, Bent, 2001. "Role of Transnational Corporations in the Evolution of a high-tech Industry: The Case of India’s Software Industry," Working Papers 5-2001, Copenhagen Business School, Department of International Economics and Management.

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