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Affiliation, Integration, and Information: Ownership Incentives and Industry Structure, Journal of Industrial Economics

Abstract

This paper presents theory and evidence on horizontal industry structure. At issue is the question: what makes industries necessarily fragmented? The theoretical model examines trade-offs associated with affiliation and integration, and how they are affected by the contracting environment. I show how contractual incompleteness can lead industries to be necessarily fragmented. I also show that contractual improvements will tend to lead to a greater concentration of brands, but whether they lead industries to be more or less concentrated depends on what becomes contractible. I then discuss the propositions generated by the model through a series of case study examples.

Type

Article

Author(s)

Thomas N. Hubbard

Date Published

2004

Citations

Hubbard, N. Thomas. 2004. Affiliation, Integration, and Information: Ownership Incentives and Industry Structure. Journal of Industrial Economics. 52(2): 201-227.

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