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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-52177

Buehler, Stefan; Haucap, Justus (2003). Strategic Outsourcing Revisited. Working paper series / Socioeconomic Institute No. 305, University of Zurich.

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Abstract

This paper analyzes a sequential game where firms decide about outsourcing the production of a non-specific input good to an imperfectly competitive input market. We apply the taxonomy of business strategies introduced by Fudenberg and Tirole (1984) to characterize the different equilibria. We find that outsourcing generally softens competition in the final product market. If firms anticipate the impact of their outsourcing decisions on input prices, there may be equilibria where firms outsource so as to collude or to raise rivals’ costs. We illustrate our analysis using a linear Cournot model.

Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Socioeconomic Institute (former)
DDC:330 Economics
JEL Classification:D43, L22, L23, L24
Language:English
Date:July 2003
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:32
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 05:03
Series Name:Working paper series / Socioeconomic Institute
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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