Question 1 answers
a. If a firm is found guilty of cannibalization in a court of law, then it is judged to have taken unfair advantage of its competitors. Thus, cannibalization is dealt with by society through the antitrust laws.
b. If a firm is found guilty of cannibalization in a court of law, then it is judged to have taken unfair advantage of its customers. Thus, cannibalization is dealt with by society through the antitrust laws.
c. If cannibalization exists, then the cash flows associated with the project must be increased to offset these effects. Otherwise, the calculated NPV will be biased downward.
d. If cannibalization is determined to exist, then this means that the calculated NPV considering cannibalization will be higher than the NPV that does not recognize these effects.
e. Cannibalization is a type of externality that is not against the law, and any harm it causes is done to the firm itself.
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