We study a two periods entry game where the incumbent rm, who has private information about his own production costs, makes a non observable long run investment choice, along with a pricing decision observed by the entrant. The investment choice aff ects both post-entry competition and fi rst period cost of production, so that the cost of signaling becomes endogenous. The game is solved following Bayes-Nash requirements, the intuitive criterion is used to constrain o -equilibrium beliefs. When investment is publicly observable, it is shown that the unique intuitive equilibrium is the separating equilibrium with limit pricing and no entry deterrence. When investment is not observable, quite remarkably, there exists a unique intuitive pooling equilibrium which is Pareto superior, from the incumbent's point of view, to the unique intuitive separating equilibrium. In the pooling equilibrium no entry takes place and the price is below the low cost monopoly price. Thus, when investment is secret, a limit pricing policy supports entry deterrence. Our model provides an example of secret barriers to entry and their relationship with limit pricing. We also contribute to the analysis of a relatively under-researched class of games where the cost of signaling unobservable characteristics is endogenously determined by unobserved actions.
Brighi, Luigi e Marcello, D'Amato. "Limit pricing and secret barriers to entry" Working paper, DEMB WORKING PAPER SERIES, Dipartimento di Economia Marco Biagi - Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, 2014. https://doi.org/10.25431/11380_1066209
|Titolo:||Limit pricing and secret barriers to entry|
|Autore/i:||Brighi, Luigi; D'Amato, Marcello|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Mese di pubblicazione:||Dicembre|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.25431/11380_1066209|
|Serie:||DEMB WORKING PAPER SERIES|
|Citazione:||Brighi, Luigi e Marcello, D'Amato. "Limit pricing and secret barriers to entry" Working paper, DEMB WORKING PAPER SERIES, Dipartimento di Economia Marco Biagi - Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, 2014. https://doi.org/10.25431/11380_1066209|
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