We analyze investment and pricing incentives in a symmetric Bertrand- Edgeworth framework with uncertain demand. Firms choose production capacities before observing demand. Prices are chosen after demand is observed. If the extent of demand variation exceeds a threshold level then a symmetric equilibrium in pure strategies for capacities does not exist. A smaller firm has no incentive (ex ante) to expand its capacity because capacity expansion would reduce its expected revenue in the event that demand is lower than expected. Output prices are predicted to have positive variance when demand is low and zero variance when demand is high. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: D43, L13.
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- Economics and Econometrics