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Games Businesses Play

Games businesses play

This chapter deals with the application of game theory to business decision-making. The main decision variables considered are price, quantity and product differentiation. The chapter also explores, in some depth, the qualitative differences in price and quantity competition, and highlights the ‘cartelization dilemma’ that arises because agreements to cooperate are not self-enforcing.

A methodological science that aims to model the interaction of interdependent entities is well suited to analyse the interaction of firms in an oligopolistic market. In such a markets, firms are large. Hence, their actions affect the payoffs of other firms. This has to be taken into account by those firms when making decisions.

In the real world, firms have a large number of decision variables. They choose the ...

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