Second Mover Advantage and Entry Timing
Vinh Du Tran
affiliation not provided to SSRN
David S. Sibley
University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics
University of Southern California Law School
The Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 60, Issue 3, pp. 517-535, 2012
We describe a model of entry timing assuming that a second mover can benefit from observing the experience of a first mover. We focus on how market attractiveness characteristics such as size and cost affect the time until first entry. The effects depend on whether the number of participants is exogenous or endogenous. In the former case, a more attractive market leads to earlier entry. In the latter case, it leads to later entry. Treating the number of firms as an integer, free entry leads to non‐monotone, but testable, effects of market attractiveness on entry timing.
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Date posted: October 18, 2012
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