Business Economics and Public Policy Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

11-2006

Publication Source

International Journal of Industrial Organization

Volume

24

Issue

6

Start Page

1185

Last Page

1212

DOI

10.1016/j.ijindorg.2006.04.012

Abstract

This paper characterizes collusive pricing patterns when buyers may detect the presence of a cartel. Buyers are assumed to become suspicious when observed prices are anomalous. We find that the cartel price path is comprised of two phases. During the transitional phase, price is generally rising and relatively unresponsive to cost shocks. During the stationary phase, price responds to cost but is much less sensitive than under non-collusion or simple monopoly; a low price variance may then be a collusive marker. Compared to when firms do not collude, cost shocks take a longer time to pass-through to price.

Copyright/Permission Statement

© 2006. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017