Imperfect competition in certification markets

Franzoni, Luigi Alberto (1999) Imperfect competition in certification markets. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/720.
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Abstract

This paper offers a theoretical analysis of imperfect competition in certifi cation markets. Firms that intend to engage in a regulated activity must produce thirdparty certification of compliance with prescribed regulations and standards. The certification service is provided by independent certifiers competing à la Cournot. We show that the interaction between certifiers and firms results in a market equilibrium that can be illuminated by the techniques of standard oligopoly theory. When certifiers’ liability is not too low, the certifi cation fee is determined by the degree of concentration of the certification market. Due to the peculiarity of this market, a lower concentration is not always socially desirable.

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Franzoni, Luigi Alberto
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Certification compliance auditing third-party enforcement
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17 Jun 2004
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