Market Making Oligopoly
University of Melbourne - Department of Economics
The Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 56, Issue 2, pp. 263-289, June 2008
This paper analyzes price competition between market makers who set costly capacity constraints before they intermediate between producers and consumers. The unique equilibrium outcome with pure strategies at the capacity stage is the Cournot outcome. The paper thus provides a rationale for Cournot-type competition between market makers. This contrasts with previous findings in the literature, where due to the absence of capacity constraints that are set ex ante the Bertrand result typically obtains.
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Date posted: July 14, 2008
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