The Economics of Pass-Through With Production Constraints 

Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 12(2), 279–285

Analysis Group Vice President Dov Rothman and Managers David Toniatti and Philipp Tillmann have published an article in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics examining the implications of production constraints for the pass-through of cost changes.

In “The Economics of Pass-Through With Production Constraints,” the authors consider production technology that can only be adjusted in discrete intervals and/or is costly to adjust.

They demonstrate that, because of such production constraints, a firm may not pass on small changes in costs to its customers.

The authors suggest that this result has important implications for antitrust litigation – for example, the extent to which overcharges resulting from anticompetitive conduct upstream in the supply chain are passed through to purchasers downstream.  

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Rothman D, Tillmann P, Toniatti D