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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Exclusive dealing and compatibility of investments

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Milliou Chrysovalantou (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) has posted Exclusive dealing and compatibility of investments.

ABSTRACT: We examine a final product manufacturer's incentives to engage in exclusive dealing with an input supplier when both market sides invest in quality and bargain over their trading terms. Taking into account that the investments' compatibility can be higher under exclusive dealing we find, in contrast to previous literature, that bargaining power distribution plays a crucial role both for investment incentives and for incentives to adopt exclusive dealing. We also find that there exist cases in which although investments are higher under exclusive dealing, the manufacturer chooses non-exclusive dealing. Our welfare analysis indicates that the manufacturer's choice of exclusive dealing in equilibrium is never welfare detrimental.

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