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The timing of capacity expansions as barriers to mobility in the United Kingdom’s petroleum refining industry between 1948 and 1998

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  • Arrieta Paredes, Mary-Paz

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We try to determine whether capacity expansion timing in oligopoly among incumbents can be considered mobility deterring. We study the United Kingdom ´s petroleum refining industry between 1948 and 1998. Using tobit models, evidence is conclusive about accommodation among incumbents. We infer that excess capacity in this industry, instead of being a tool for strategic deterrence, has been the result of unexpected demand variability.

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  • Arrieta Paredes, Mary-Paz, 2004. "The timing of capacity expansions as barriers to mobility in the United Kingdom’s petroleum refining industry between 1948 and 1998," MPRA Paper 32231, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Capacity expansion timing; Mobility deterrence;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L71 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Hydrocarbon Fuels

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