Information use and acquisition in price-setting oligopolies

Myatt, D P and Wallace, C (2018) Information use and acquisition in price-setting oligopolies. Economic Journal, 128 (609). pp. 845-886. ISSN 0013-0133 OPEN ACCESS


Asymmetric price-setting multi-product suppliers have access to multiple sources of information about demand conditions, where the publicity of each source corresponds to the cross-industry correlation of signals received from it. A signal’s influence on suppliers’ prices is increasing in its publicity as well as in its precision. The emphasis on relatively public information is stronger for smaller suppliers who control narrower product portfolios. When information is endogenously acquired, suppliers listen to only a subset of information sources. This subset is smaller when products are less differentiated and when the industry is
less concentrated. Smaller suppliers focus attention on fewer information sources. The inefficiencies arising from information acquisition and use are identified. The
associated externalities depend upon the extent of product differentiation, the concentration of the industry, and the degree of decreasing returns to scale.

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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Myatt, D. P. and Wallace, C. (2018), Information Use and Acquisition in Price‐setting Oligopolies. The Economic Journal, 128: 845-886, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Date of first compliant deposit: 25 Oct 2016
Subjects: Price theory
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