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Strategic Delegation of Indebted Firms in a Duopoly with Uncertain Demand


  • Tetsuya Shinkai

    () (School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University)

  • Takao Ohkawa

    () (Faculty of Economics Ritsumeikan University)

  • Makoto Okamura

    () (Faculty of Economics, Hiroshima University)

  • Kozo Harimaya

    () (Faculty of Business Administration Ritsumeikan University)


We examine an effect of strategic delegation on the competition behavior of indebted firms and welfare in a Cournot duopoly with demand uncertainty. We establish that the owners of each firm delegate their tasks and decisions to a manager when the demand is sufficiently large but one firm chooses no delegation and the other chooses delegation when the demand is small. This result is consistent with the duopoly competition example between the Mitsui Gomei Kaisya and Suzuki & Co. from the late Meiji era to Taisho era in Japan.

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  • Tetsuya Shinkai & Takao Ohkawa & Makoto Okamura & Kozo Harimaya, 2015. "Strategic Delegation of Indebted Firms in a Duopoly with Uncertain Demand," Discussion Paper Series 135, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, revised Sep 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:kgu:wpaper:135

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    indebted firms; delegation; managerial incentives; and Cournot duopoly;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies

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