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Seminar in Industrial Organization

When: Monday, October 17, 2022
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM CT

Where: Kellogg Global Hub, 1410, 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Economics   (847) 491-8200

Group: Department of Economics: Seminar in Industrial Organization

Category: Academic


Chenyu Yang (University of Maryland): "Estimating Discrete Games with Many Firms and Many Decisions: An Application to Merger and Product Variety" (with Ying Fan)

Abstract: This paper presents a new method for estimating discrete games based on bounds
of conditional choice probabilities. The method does not require solving the game
and is scalable to models with many firms and many discrete decisions. We apply the
method to study merger effects on firm entry and product variety in the retail craft
beer market in California. We simulate an acquisition of multiple craft breweries by a
large brewery and find that the acquisition would induce firm entry and product entry
by non-merging firms. However, these changes are insufficient to offset the negative
welfare effects resulting from the higher prices and decreased product offerings by the
merging firms.

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