Handbook of Game Theory and Industrial Organization, Volume II
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Handbook of Game Theory and Industrial Organization, Volume II


Edited by Luis C. Corchón and Marco A. Marini

This second volume of the Handbook includes original contribution by experts in the field. It provides up-to-date surveys of the most relevant applications of game theory to industrial organization. The book covers both classical as well as new IO topics such as mergers in markets with homogeneous and differentiated goods, leniency and coordinated effects in cartels and mergers, static and dynamic contests, consumer search and product safety, strategic delegation, platforms and network effects, auctions, environmental and resource economics, intellectual property, healthcare, corruption, experimental industrial organization and empirical models of R & D.
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Chapter 17: Experimental industrial organization

Jordi Brandts and Jan Potters


We present a selective survey of experimental studies on industrial organization (IO) issues centered on recent work. More material can be found in the seminal survey by Holt (1995), the meta-study on collusion by Engel (2007), the book on experiments and competition policy edited by Hinloopen and Normann (2009) and the survey on oligopoly experiments in the new millennium by Potters and Suetens (2013). We believe that the results from laboratory experiments can help understand strategic behavior in general and in industrial organization settings in particular due to the twin virtues of experimentation: control and replicability.

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