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Sequential play and cartel stability in a Cournot oligopoly

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  • Currarini, Sergio
  • Marini, Marco A.

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We reconsider the problem of cartel stability in a linear symmetric Cournot oligopoly by assuming that every coalition of firms defecting from a cartel can choose its quantity before the remaining firms. We show that differently from Salant et al. (1983) the only profitable cartel includes all firms in the industry. This result is shown to be robust to non linearities in payffs provided that the inverse demand function is not too log-concave.

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  • Currarini, Sergio & Marini, Marco A., 2002. "Sequential play and cartel stability in a Cournot oligopoly," MPRA Paper 22137, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Marini, Marco A. & Currarini, Sergio, 2003. "A sequential approach to the characteristic function and the core in games with externalities," MPRA Paper 1689, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2003.
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    Keywords

    Cartel Stability; Cournot Oligopoly;

    JEL classification:

    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General

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