Villeneuve, Bertrand and Zhang, Vanessa Yanhua (2008): A Case for Affirmative Action in Competition Policy.
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We analyze the trade-off faced by competition authorities envisaging a one-shot structural reform in a capitalistic industry. A structure is (1) a sharing of productive capital at some time and (2) a sharing of sites or any other non-reproducible assets. The latter represent opportunities. These two distinct dimensions of policy illustrate the importance of a dynamic theory in which firms may differ in several respects. Though equalization of endowments and rights is theoretically optimal, realistic constraints force competition authorities to adopt second-best solutions. Affirmative action here appears to explain why helping the disadvantaged contributes maximally to social surplus.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||A Case for Affirmative Action in Competition Policy|
|Keywords:||Competition policy, capacity accumulation, Cournot competition, asymmetric duopoly, regulatory consistency, differential games|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L13 - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
L - Industrial Organization > L4 - Antitrust Issues and Policies > L40 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C73 - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games; Repeated Games
|Depositing User:||Vanessa Yanhua Zhang|
|Date Deposited:||24. Jul 2008 10:39|
|Last Modified:||23. Feb 2013 19:39|
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