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Quantity Competition, Endogenous Motives and Behavioral Heterogeneity

Alessandra Chirco (), Caterina Colombo () and Marcella Scrimitore ()

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Abstract: The paper shows that strategic quantity competition can be characterized by behavioral heterogeneity, once competing firms are allowed in a pre-market stage to optimally choose the behavioral rule they will follow in their strategic choice of quantities. In particular, partitions of the population of identical firms in profit maximizers and relative profit maximizers turn out to be deviation-proof equilibria, both in simultaneous and sequential game structures. Our findings that in a strategic framework heterogeneous behavioral rules are consistent with individual incentives provides a game-theoretic microfoundation of heterogeneity.

Keywords: Behavioral Heterogeneity; Endogenous Motives; Relative Performance; Multistage Games; Quantity Competition. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L21 L13 C72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-com, nep-cse, nep-evo, nep-ind and nep-mic
Date: 2010-07
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