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Flexibility choices and oligopolistic competition in an evolutionary environment

Antoci, Angelo and Sacco, Pier Luigi and Scarpa, Carlo (2005) Flexibility choices and oligopolistic competition in an evolutionary environment. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 29 (10), p. 1643-1671. ISSN 0165-1889. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2004.09.006


We study the problem of the endogenous choice of technology when the level of demand is uncertain. Firms can choose either a ‘flexible’ technology, which allows them to vary the cost structure, or a ‘rigid’ technology, which in periods of high demand is more efficient. Firms tend to adopt the (ex ante) more rewarding technology. We develop a full dynamic model with given number of firms as well as with entry and exit, and with perfect foresight as well as with myopic firms. We show that firms with different technologies can coexist in the market in a permanent way, and characterise the parameter configurations leading to such results.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2834
Uncontrolled Keywords:Flexibility, entry–exit, evolutionary dynamics
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-S/06 Metodi matematici dell'economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia, impresa, regolamentazione
Publisher:Elsevier Science
Deposited On:26 Aug 2009 11:40

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