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Unpublished Paper
Costly location in Hotelling duopoly
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper (2013)
  • Jeroen Hinloopen
  • Stephen Martin, Purdue University
Abstract

We introduce a cost of location into Hotelling’s (1929) spatial duopoly. We derive the general conditions on the cost-of-location function under which a pure strategy price-location Nash equilibrium exists. With linear transportation cost and a suitably specified cost of location that rises toward the center of the Hotelling line, symmetric equilibrium locations are in the outer quartiles of the line, ensuring the existence of pure strategy equilibrium prices. With quadratic transportation cost and a suitably specified cost of location that falls toward the center of the line, symmetric equilibrium locations range from the center to the end of the line.

Keywords
  • Horizontal product differentiation,
  • spatial competition,
  • costly location
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Jeroen Hinloopen and Stephen Martin. "Costly location in Hotelling duopoly" Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/hinloopen/8/