Strategic Nonparticipation

RAND J. OF ECONOMICS, Vol. 26 No. 1

Posted: 5 Jul 1998

See all articles by Philippe Jehiel

Philippe Jehiel

University College London - Department of Economics; Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) - Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherche en Analyse Socio-Economique (CERAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Benny Moldovanu

University of Bonn - Chair of Economic Theory II; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

We study a model that involves identity-dependent, asymmetric negative external effects. Willingness to pay, which can be computed only in equilibrium, will reflect, besides private valuations, also preemptive incentives stemming from the desire to minimize the negative externalities. We find that the best strategy of some agents is simply not to participate in the market, although they cannot in this way avoid the negative external effects. An illustration is made for the acquisition of patents in oligopolistic markets. Finally, we show that even when we allow full communication and side payments between agents, all coalitional agreements are unstable.

JEL Classification: D58

Suggested Citation

Jehiel, Philippe and Moldovanu, Benny, Strategic Nonparticipation. RAND J. OF ECONOMICS, Vol. 26 No. 1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=7101

Philippe Jehiel

University College London - Department of Economics ( email )

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