Firms` Strategic Decisions: Theoretical and Empirical Findings

Volume: 1

Quantity Precommitment and Mixed Duopoly with Price Competition

Author(s): Kazuhiro Ohnishi

Pp: 182-194 (13)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681080383115010015

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This chapter investigates a mixed duopoly model where a capitalist private firm and a state-owned public firm coexist. The following two-stage game is considered. At stage one, the firms choose whether or not to provide lifetime employment as a strategic device simultaneously and noncooperatively. This irreversible behavior changes the price-competing market environment of stage two. At stage two, the firms set prices simultaneously and noncooperatively. The chapter discusses the equilibrium solution of the mixed market model. As a result of this analysis, we discover that introducing lifetime employment into the model of price-setting mixed duopoly may be beneficial for the state-owned firm.

Keywords: Capitalist private firm, consumer surplus, lifetime employment, mixed duopoly, price competition, quantity precommitment, reaction functions, economic welfare, state-owned public firm, subgame perfection.

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