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Does Massive Placement of Bicycles Win the Market for the Bicycle-Sharing Company in China?

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School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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School of Statistics and Information, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Shanghai 200235, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5279; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135279
Received: 14 March 2020 / Revised: 1 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 30 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability)
The rise of bicycle-sharing stimulated companies’ investment in a large number of bicycles in the market. However, it is important to balance the massive placement of bicycles in the market and the company’s sustainable development. This paper is motivated to identify a strategic balance between market expansion and the sustainable development of the company. Based on the information asymmetry and evolutionary game theory, a tripartite game model was established for the government, enterprise, and consumer. This study identified five evolutionary stability strategies (ESSs) of these three parties under specific conditions by analyzing their decision-making behavior. The results indicated that the number of bicycles in the market placed by a bicycle-sharing enterprise was not directly proportional to its profit. The quantity of bicycles needed on the market was influenced by the government and consumers. It also found that government regulation plays a dominant role in the development of the bicycle-sharing company regarding the number of bicycles needed in the market. View Full-Text
Keywords: sharing economy; bicycle-sharing; information asymmetry; evolutionary game theory sharing economy; bicycle-sharing; information asymmetry; evolutionary game theory
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Zhao, J.; Wang, H.; Huang, Y.; Meng, Y. Does Massive Placement of Bicycles Win the Market for the Bicycle-Sharing Company in China? Sustainability 2020, 12, 5279.

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