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Price Discrimination in Oligopoly: evidence from regional newspapers
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics (closed 20110301). (Nationalekonomi)
2008 (English)In: Journal of Industrial Economics, ISSN 0022-1821, E-ISSN 1467-6451, Vol. 56, no 2, 333-346 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent theoretical work has shown that the incentive to target rival firms' customers with low prices can increase price discrimination, and that the strength of the incentive depends on a firm's market position. Using data on Swedish newspaper subscriptions, we find strong support for these predictions. Newspapers with a local competitor sell a larger part of their circulation at a discount than monopoly newspapers. Moreover, in competitive markets, the use of discounts is inversely related to the newspaper's market share. We find no evidence that price discrimination based on observable and exogenous characteristics is influenced by the market structure.

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2008. Vol. 56, no 2, 333-346 p.
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states airline industry, competition, market, switch
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10736DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6451.2008.00343.xISI: 000257707800005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-65249141784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10736DiVA: diva2:227701
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QC 20111004Available from: 2009-07-16 Created: 2009-07-16 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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