Large Spatial Competition

  • Matías Núñez
  • Marco Scarsini
Part of the Springer Optimization and Its Applications book series (SOIA, volume 118)


We consider spatial competition when consumers are arbitrarily distributed on a compact metric space. Retailers can choose one of finitely many locations in this space. We focus on symmetric mixed equilibria which exist for any number of retailers. We prove that the distribution of retailers tends to agree with the distribution of the consumers when the number of competitors is large enough. The results are shown to be robust to the introduction of (1) randomness in the number of retailers and (2) different ability of the retailers to attract consumers.


Hotelling games Large games Poisson games Valence 



The authors thank Dimitrios Xefteris for useful discussions and the PHC Galilée G15-30 “Location models and applications in economics and political science” for financial support.

Matías Núñez was supported by the center of excellence MME-DII (ANR-11-LBX-0023-01).

Marco Scarsini was partially supported by PRIN 20103S5RN3 and MOE2013-T2-1-158. This author is a member of GNAMPA-INdAM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LAMSADEUniversité Paris DauphineParisFrance
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Economia e FinanzaLUISSRomeItaly

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