Oligopoly Pricing : Old Ideas and New Tools, Paperback Book


The "oligopoly problem"-the question of how prices are formed when the market contains only a few competitors-is one of the more persistent problems in the history of economic thought.

In this book Xavier Vives applies a modern game-theoretic approach to develop a theory of oligopoly pricing.

Vives begins by relating classic contributions to the field-including those of Cournot, Bertrand, Edgeworth, Chamberlin, and Robinson-to modern game theory.

In his discussion of basic game-theoretic tools and equilibrium, he pays particular attention to recent developments in the theory of supermodular games.

The middle section of the book, an in-depth treatment of classic static models, provides specialized existence results, characterizations of equilibria, extensions to large markets, and an analysis of comparative statics with a view toward applied work.

The final chapters examine commitment issues, entry, information transmission, and collusion using a variety of tools: two-stage games, the modeling of competition under asymmetric information and mechanism design theory, and the theory of repeated and dynamic games, including Markov perfect equilibrium and differential games.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 441 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Microeconomics
  • ISBN: 9780262720403



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