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Should the most efficient firm invest in its capacity? A value capture approach

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  • Christian Trudeau

    () (Department of Economics, University of Windsor)

  • Zheng Wang

    () (Capital University of Business and Economics)

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Recently, cooperative game theory and the stand-alone core have been introduced to value capture theory to establish lower and upper bounds on the profits of firms. Where within these bounds firms end up depends on many unobservable factors, including individual bargaining abilities and market-specific practices. Gans and Ryall (2017), in their survey of the recent papers using this theory, provide an example of a matching market in which the firm with the cost advantage might actually be worse off when it decides to expand its capacity to take over the full market. We show that this paradox is extremely persistent and can resist to most extensions of the model, including the presence of additional buyers that were not served originally and economies of scale for the expanding firm. By expanding, the firm now has to attract more consumers, which considerably limits its bargaining power.

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  • Christian Trudeau & Zheng Wang, 2017. "Should the most efficient firm invest in its capacity? A value capture approach," Working Papers 1706, University of Windsor, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wis:wpaper:1706
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    Keywords

    Value capture; expansion; bargaining power; core;

    JEL classification:

    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management

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