Small is successful!? : A Study of Exit Behavior in a Declining Markets Experiment

Erlei, Mathias GND; Springmann, Jens-Peter

This paper provides experimental evidence on exit behavior of asymmetrically sized firms in a duopoly with declining demand. We conduct three treatments: (a) The basic model with indivisible real capital. The structure of this treatment represents the main findings of Ghemawat and Nalebuff (1985); (b) an extension of the basic model by introducing a bankruptcy constraint; (c) here we allow for divisible real capital (Ghemawat and Nalebuff (1990)). In all three treatments we find behavior that is, by and large, in line with subgame perfect Nash Equilibrium. However, there is a problem of multiplicity of equilibria in (b) and we find an anchor effect as well as learning effects in (c).

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Erlei, Mathias / Springmann, Jens-Peter: Small is successful!?. A Study of Exit Behavior in a Declining Markets Experiment. Clausthal-Zellerfeld 2006. Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften.

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