My research focuses on Microeconomic Theory, Industrial Organization, and Organizational Economics.
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Discounts as a Barrier to Entry
with Juan-Pablo Montero and Nicolás Figueroa
American Economic Review, Vol. 106, No. 7, July 2016, pp. 1849-1877
To what extent can an incumbent manufacturer use discount contracts to foreclose efficient entry? We show that off-list-price rebates that do not commit buyers to unconditional transfers--like the rebates in EU Commission v. Michelin II, for instance--cannot be anticompetitive. This is true even in the presence of cost uncertainty, scale economies, or intense downstream competition, all three market settings where exclusion has been shown to emerge with exclusive dealing contracts. The difference stems from the fact that, unlike exclusive dealing provisions, rebates do not contractually commit retailers to exclusivity when signing the contract.
Monopolization with Must-Haves
Last update: May 2022
An increasing number of monopolization cases have been constructed around “must-haves”: products that distributors need to “compete effectively.” Given the poor fit of existing theories to cases, we develop a multiproduct framework to address the following: What is a must-have? Can must-haves be used as leverage to increase prices in adjacent markets? What determines an item’s “musthavedness”? Is a monopoly product always a must-have? How important are tying and exclusives for monopolization? Does prohibiting them always benefit consumers? The answer to these questions should help the antitrust analysis of must-haves, a notion often mentioned in cases without proper economic definition.
Dual Moral Hazard and the Tyranny of Success
Last update: November 2022
I explain why current success can undermine an organization’s ability to innovate. I consider a standard two-armed bandit problem with two modifications. First, a principal allocates resources. Second, an agent must exert upfront effort to install the risky arm. With incomplete contracts, a dual moral hazard problem emerges. Its severity increases with the payoffs of the safe arm. As a result, a more profitable status quo can decrease the organization’s net present value. The model predicts which innovations will be more difficult for successful firms to adopt and supports the idea that independent business units can help firms innovate.
Vertical Mergers with Must-Have Items
with Juan-Pablo Montero
Demand Complementarities and Conglomerate Mergers
when Prices are Negotiated
IESE Business School
2020 - 2022
Global Economics (Core MBA)
Microeconomics (Master of Research in Management)
2016 - 2019
Graduate School of Business, Teaching Assistant
Managerial Economics Accelerated - Prof. Nicolas Lambert (x2)
Managerial Economics - Prof. Andrzej Skrzypacz (x2)
Managerial Economics - Prof. Paul Oyer
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
2013 - 2014
Instituto de Economía, Lecturer
Introduction to Macroeconomics (Undergraduate)