Incentives for Anticompetitive Behavior by Public Enterprises

@article{Sappington2003IncentivesFA,
  title={Incentives for Anticompetitive Behavior by Public Enterprises},
  author={David E. M. Sappington and J. Gregory Sidak},
  journal={Review of Industrial Organization},
  year={2003},
  volume={22},
  pages={183-206}
}
We examine the competitive behavior of a public enterprise thatdoes not seek solely to maximize its profit. We find that despite a reduced focus on profit, a publicenterprise may have stronger incentives to pursue anticompetitive activities than does a private,profit-maximizing firm. These activities include setting prices below marginal cost, raising theoperating costs of existing rivals, erecting entry barriers to preclude the operation of new competitors,and circumventing regulations… 
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