MIXED OLIGOPOLY, SEQUENTIAL ENTRY, AND SPATIAL PRICE DISCRIMINATION
JOHN S. HEYWOOD
"This paper is the first to examine the welfare consequences of a public firm in a traditional model of spatial price discrimination. It demonstrates that when a private firm acts as a Stackelberg location leader, the presence of a public firm always improves welfare. Moreover, when three firms locate sequentially, the presence of a public firm improves social welfare unless it locates last. Thus, despite examining a variety of location timings, including simultaneous location, privatization never improves welfare and usually harms welfare. This conclusion differs from several currently in the literature in which privatization often improves welfare. "("JEL "L13, L32, L33, L52) Copyright (c) 2008 Western Economic Association International.
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