Market Size, Technology Choice, and the Existence of Free-Entry Cournot Equilibrium - 10.1628/093245605774259372 - Mohr Siebeck
Economics

Georg Götz

Market Size, Technology Choice, and the Existence of Free-Entry Cournot Equilibrium

Volume 161 () / Issue 3, pp. 503-521 (19)

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This article adds technology choice to a free-entry Cournot model with linear demand and constant marginal costs. Firms can choose from a discrete set of technologies. This simple framework yields the nonexistence of (pure-strategy) equilibrium and the existence of multiple equilibria and equilibria in which ex ante identical firms choose different technologies, as possible outcomes. The (non)existence problem disappears if the vertical market size is large. Nonexistence is largely a small-number phenomenon. Asymmetric equilibria emerge either because of indivisibilities or because of similarity of different technologies in the average costs realized.
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