Eichberger, Jürgen and Mueller-Langer, Frank (2012): On the Welfare Effects of Exclusive Distribution Arrangements.
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The regulation of vertical relationships between firms is the subject of persistent legal and academic controversy. The literature studying vertical trade relationships seems to assume that an upstream monopolist prefers downstream competition over exclusive distribution arrangements. We derive precise conditions for when an upstream monopolist prefers competing distribution systems over exclusive distribution in the downstream market. We also show that the welfare effects of downstream competition are ambiguous. A downstream oligopoly may have negative welfare properties compared to a downstream monopoly.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||On the Welfare Effects of Exclusive Distribution Arrangements|
|Keywords:||Exclusive distribution; Competing distribution; Vertical foreclosure; Cournot competition|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F10 - General
L - Industrial Organization > L4 - Antitrust Issues and Policies > L42 - Vertical Restraints ; Resale Price Maintenance ; Quantity Discounts
D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L12 - Monopoly ; Monopolization Strategies
|Depositing User:||Frank Müller-Langer|
|Date Deposited:||27 Jun 2012 14:54|
|Last Modified:||25 Mar 2017 22:40|
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