Intertemporal Market Division: A Case of Alternating Monopoly

P.J.J. Herings*, R.J.A.P. Peeters, M.P. Schinkel

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In this paper, we report on an equilibrium with market dominance that exists in a simple two-firm model that features neither entry barriers nor sophisticated punishment strategies. This equilibrium induces an intertemporal market division in which the two firms alternate as monopolists – despite the fact that the model also sustains a cournot duopoly. Even when initially both firms are active in the market, the alternating monopoly reveals itself rather quickly. Moreover, it pareto dominates the cournot equilibrium – as it is close to the cartel outcome. Several examples of what well may be such alternating monopolies are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207-1223
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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