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Free Entry Bertrand Competition


  • Roy Chowdhury, Prabal


This paper examines Bertrand competition under free entry, when firm size vis-a-vis market size is exogenously given. A free entry Bertrand Nash equilibrium (FEBE) exists if and only if relative market size is sufficiently large. Further, there is a unique coalition-proof Nash equilibrium price that corresponds to the minimum FEBE price, leads to average cost pricing for all active firms and is decreasing in market size.

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  • Roy Chowdhury, Prabal, 2009. "Free Entry Bertrand Competition," MPRA Paper 17837, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:17837

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    Bertrand competition; free entry; coalition-proof; contestability;

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    • D5 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium
    • L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise

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