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Unformatted text preview: The nFirm Cournot Market Introduction Suppose n firms each produce a homogeneous product with no costs of production. Let market price be linear in the combined output of all n firms in the market and of the form P = a b n X i =1 q i where q i is the output of the ith individual firm. Consider the situation of some firm, j , Firm j must decide how much to produce. If j is a Cournot competitor , it will formulate its plans under the assumption that each of its ( n1) rivals will continue to produce whatever output they currently produce, no matter what firm j does. Thus, from j s point of view, the total output of all firms other than itself the combined output of all its rivals is constant. Then from j s point of view, market price is related to its own choice of output according to the equation P = a b n X i =1 i 6 = j q i  bq j . Because j believes the output of his rivals will remain unchanged, this demand curve j faces is of the form P =...
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 Spring '08
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 Microeconomics

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