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Firm Location Choice in the Presence of a Free Rider Problem

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  • Elie Appelbaum

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  • Eliakim Katz

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In this paper we show that, in the presence of an investment that provides all firms in an industry with positive externalities, a firm may choose an ‘extreme policy’. Specifically, within the context of a locational game, we show that a firm may make a positive profit by locating outside a city, if in doing so it manages to induce other firms to undertake investments that they would not undertake if the first firm was located within the city. Our finding is likely to have implications for similar locational issues such as ones facing political parties.

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  • Elie Appelbaum & Eliakim Katz, 2003. "Firm Location Choice in the Presence of a Free Rider Problem," Working Papers 2003_6, York University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:yca:wpaper:2003_6
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    1. Elie Appelbaum & Eliakim Katz, 2007. "Political extremism in the presence of a free rider problem," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 133(1), pages 31-40, October.
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    3. Jean Tirole, 1988. "The Theory of Industrial Organization," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262200716, January.
    4. Appelbaum, Elie & Weber, Shlomo, 1992. "A note on the free rider problem in oligopoly," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 473-480, December.
    5. Donnenfeld, Shabtai & Weber, Shlomo, 1992. "Vertical product differentiation with entry," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 10(3), pages 449-472, September.
    6. B. Douglas Bernheim, 1984. "Strategic Deterrence of Sequential Entry into an Industry," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 15(1), pages 1-11, Spring.
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    1. Appelbaum, Elie & Weber, Shlomo, 1992. "A note on the free rider problem in oligopoly," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 473-480, December.

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    Free Rider; Location; Multi-Stage Game;

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