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Entry and Market Selection of Firms: A Laboratory Study

Jordi Brandts and Ayca Giritligil ()

UFAE and IAE Working Papers from Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC)

Abstract: We study competition in experimental markets in which two incumbents face entry by three other firms. Our treatments vary with respect to three factors: sequential vs. block or simultaneous entry, the cost functions of entrants and the amount of time during which incumbents are protected from entry. Before entry incumbents are able to collude in all cases. When all firms' costs are the same entry always leads consumer surplus and profits to their equilibrium levels. When entrants are more efficient than incumbents, entry leads consumer surplus to equilibrium. However, total profits remain below equilibrium, due to the fact that the inefficient incumbents produce too much and efficient entrants produce too little. Market behavior is satisfactory from the consumers' standpoint, but does not yield adequate signals to other potential entrants. These results are not affected by whether entry is simultaneous or sequential. The length of the incumbency phase does have some subtle effects.

Keywords: Market selection; Imperfect competititon; Entry; Experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 D43 D83 L13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36
Date: 2006-09-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-com, nep-exp, nep-ind, nep-mic and nep-tid
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