Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/221247
Authors: 
Bagwell, Kyle
Ramey, Garey
Year of Publication: 
1990
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper No. 888
Abstract: 
We introduce avoidable fixed costs into the capacity and entry model of Dixit (1980) to produce a coordination problem among multiple postentry equilibria. Elimination of weakly dominated strategies makes it possible for the entrant to play a knockout strategy, consisting of a large capacity commitment which selects the entrant's preferred postentry equilibrium and drives the incumbent from the market. The incumbent must respond to the knockout threat by using judo tactics, involving a reduction in its capacity commitment. In subgame perfect equilibria which are robust to elimination of weakly dominated strategies, the incumbent must accept a market share smaller than the entrant's if avoidable fixed costs are sufficiently high, or cede the market to the entrant if avoidable fixed costs are higher still.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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