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Oligopoly Markets and Networks

Objective

Via our connections we learn about new ideas, quality of products, new investment opportunities and job opportunities. We influence and are influenced by our circle of friends. Firms are interconnected in complex processes of production and distribution. A firm’s decisions in a supply chain depends on other firms’ choices in the same supply chain, as well as on firms' behaviour in competing chains. Research on networks in the last 20 years has provided a series of tolls to study a system of interconnected economic agents. This project will advance the state of the art by further developing new applications of networks to better understand modern oligopoly markets.

The project is organised into two sub-projects. In sub-project 1 networks will be used to model diffusion and adoption of network goods. Different consumers' network locations will summarise different consumers' level of influence. The objectives are to understand how firms incorporate information about consumers' influence in their marketing strategies—pricing strategy and product design. It will provide a rigorous framework to evaluate how the increasing ability of firms to gather information on consumers’ influence affects outcomes of markets with network effects. In sub-project 2 networks will be used to model how inputs—e.g. intermediary goods and patents—are combined to deliver final goods. Possible applications are supply chains, communication networks and networks of patents. The objectives are to study firms' strategic behaviour, like pricing and R&D investments, in a complex process of production and distribution, and to understand the basic network metrics that are useful to describe market power. This is particularly important to provide a guide to competition authorities and alike when they evaluate mergers in complex interconnected markets.

Call for proposal

ERC-2016-COG
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Host institution

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL
Address
Regent S Park
NW1 4SA London
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 706 800

Beneficiaries (2)

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 706 800
Address
Regent S Park
NW1 4SA London

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 122 200
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments