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Should public sectors be complements of private sectors?

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  • Ikuo Ishibashi

    (Department of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University)

  • Noriaki Matsushima

    (Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University)

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This paper discusses competition between high-quality private service providers that maximize their own profits and a low-quality public service provider that maximizes social surplus. There are two heterogeneous consumer groups: those who demand only high-quality services and those who care little whether services are highor low-quality. The setting reflects the fact that some consumers feel dissatisfaction with public service providers. We show that, under certain conditions, social welfare is smaller when there is a public service provider than when there is not. The result holds even though the efficiency of the public service is equal to that of the private services.

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  • Ikuo Ishibashi & Noriaki Matsushima, 2008. "Should public sectors be complements of private sectors?," Discussion Papers 2008-58, Kobe University, Graduate School of Business Administration.
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    1. Kangsik, Choi, 2011. "Cournot and Bertrand competition with asymmetric costs in a mixed duopoly," MPRA Paper 34100, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Kangsik, Choi, 2012. "Cournot and Bertrand competition with asymmetric costs in a mixed duopoly revisited," MPRA Paper 37704, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 28 Mar 2012.

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    Keywords

    public versus private sectors; quality; differentiation; mixed marketsClassification-JEL: H42; L13; I12;

    JEL classification:

    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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