Local Search Markets and External Competition

31 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2019

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Konrad O. Stahl

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Patrick Legros

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES); Northeastern University, department of economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

Increased competition tends to benefit all buyers with increasing product variety and de- creasing prices. However, if local and external market channels compete for the same class of products, increased competition from the external market crowds out local variety. Under local monopoly, local buyer surplus co-moves with external buyer surplus. Under local free entry oligopoly, buyer surplus is U-shaped. If buyer surplus in the external market is low, local surplus is better provided by local oligopoly, but moves against external surplus; if it is high, local and external surplus co-move, and local surplus is better provided by local monopoly.

Keywords: Global Competition, Monopoly, oligopoly, search

JEL Classification: D83, L12, L13, L81

Suggested Citation

Stahl, Konrad O. and Legros, Patrick, Local Search Markets and External Competition (May 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13764. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3401851

Konrad O. Stahl

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