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The paper shows that strategic quantity competition can be characterized by behavioral heterogeneity, once competing firms are allowed in a pre-market stage to optimally choose the behavioral rule they will follow in their strategic choice of quantities. In particular, partitions of the population of identical firms in profit maximizers and relative profit maximizers turn out to be deviation-proof equilibria, both in simultaneous and sequential game structures. Our findings that in a strategic framework heterogeneous behavioral rules are consistent with individual incentives provides a game-theoretic microfoundation of heterogeneity.

Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: Quantity Competition, Endogenous Motives and Behavioral Heterogeneity-

Language: English-

Keywords: Behavioral Heterogeneity, Endogenous Motives, Relative Performance, Multistage Games, Quantity Competition.-

Subjects: L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L21 - Business Objectives of the FirmL - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L13 - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect MarketsC - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C72 - Noncooperative Games-

Autor: Chirco, Alessandra

Fuente: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/24165/

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