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Optimal Manipulation Rules in a Mixed Duopoly

  • Corrado Benassi

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    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA))

  • Alessandra Chirco

    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Matematico-Statistiche, Università del Salento)

  • Marcella Scrimitore

    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Matematico-Statistiche, Università del Salento; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA))

We study the optimal manipulation rules of a public firm’s objective function in a mixed duopoly with imperfect product substitutability. We compare the solutions under quantity and price competition, and the way in which they are affected by the degree of product substitutability. This allows us to show that partial privatization, strategic delegation and other specific government’s commitments on the objective function of the public management can be looked at as special cases of these optimal rules, and to evaluate the viability of these policies under the two modes of competition. In this framework, we also discuss the equivalence between manipulation of the objective function and Stackelberg leadership.

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