2006–2010

Bilateral Oligopoly – The Efficiency of Intermediate Goods Markets

Reprint No. 2007:24

Author(s): Jonas Björnerstedt, and Johan StennekYear: 2007 Title: International Journal of Industrial Organization Volume (No.): 25 (5) Pages: 884–907


We show that intermediate goods markets may be efficient, despite the presence of commonly accepted signs of market failure, such as high concentration (both among sellers and buyers), sparse trading networks, price dispersion and externalities. The results are derived in an extensive form model of bilateral bargaining with multiple buyers and multiple sellers, and with externalities between the negotiations. We also characterize the structure of the endogenous trading network, i.e., how firms choose trading partners. Prices are dispersed and depend on both the concentration of capital and the concentration of sales, consistent with some stylized facts on buyer power.


Reference:
Björnerstedt, Jonas and Johan Stennek (2007), "Bilateral Oligopoly – The Efficiency of Intermediate Goods Markets". International Journal of Industrial Organization 25(5), 884–907.

Interdisciplinary European Studies

Trust in the European Union in Challenging Times

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This is the first book in the Interdisciplinary European Studies collection. This volume provides an interdisciplinary perspective on trust in the EU from the vantage point of political science, law and economics. Lars Oxelheim, Lund University and affiliated to IFN, is one of the authors.

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