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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pricing behaviour at capacity constrained facilities

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Huric Larsen and Jesper Fredborg, University of Southern Denmark discuss Pricing behaviour at capacity constrained facilities.

ABSTRACT: Entry of new firms can be difficult or even impossible at capacity constrained facilities, despite the actual cost of entering is low. Using a game theoretic model of incumbent firms’ pricing behaviour under these conditions, it is found that under the assumption of Bertrand competition and firms having different costs, the optimal pricing behaviour imply price stickiness and upward pricing. The findings further suggest a competitive behaviour of incumbents of disposing weaker opponents only if, it leads to weaker competitors entering the market and to use weaker opponents to shelter the incumbent. The results propose a new explanation of the mixed empirical findings on incumbent pricing to entry and suggest that competition authorities should use an effect-based approach to detect the behaviour.

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