Strategic Delegation in a Durable Goods Monopoly
35 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2009
Date Written: January 28, 2005
This paper studies a simultaneous-move infinite-horizon delegation game in which the principal of a durable goods monopoly entrusts pricing decisions to a manager who enjoys monetary rewards but dislikes production effort. We show that cheap delegation enables the principal to attain the precommitment price plan in a time consistent Markov-perfect equilibrium. The paper analyzes the robustness of this result under alternative specifications of timing and objectives. We also provide a numerical characterization of the Markov-perfect equilibrium pricing and remuneration strategies for the case of linear-quadratic payoffs.
Keywords: Games, Monopoly, Pricing decisions, Equilibrium
JEL Classification: L12, D42, C73
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