Free Entry, Market Diffusion, and Social Inefficiency with Endogenously Growing Demand
Kyoto Sangyo University
Osaka University - Graduate School of Economics
George Washington University - Graduate School of Economics
November 22, 2012
Osaka University Economics and Business Discussion Paper No. 11-04
This paper analyzes market diffusion in the presence of oligopolistic interaction among firms. Market demand is positively related to past market size because of consumer learning, networks, and bandwagon effects. Firms enter the market freely in each period with fixed costs and compete in quantities. We demonstrate that the nature of the inefficiency under free entry can change as the market grows, and more importantly, that S-shaped diffusion can be a signal that the number of firms under free entry is initially insufficient, but eventually excessive.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: Free Entry, Market Diffusion, Intertemporal Externalities, Oligopolistic Interaction, S-shaped Diffusion
JEL Classification: D11, L11, L14working papers series
Date posted: February 13, 2011 ; Last revised: November 23, 2012
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