Analyzing the Welfare Impacts of Full-line Forcing Contracts
AbstractTheoretical investigations have examined both anti-competitive and efficiency-inducing rationales for vertical bundling, making empirical evidence important to understanding its welfare implications. We use an extensive dataset on full-line forcing contracts between movie distributors and video retailers to empirically measure the impact of vertical bundling on welfare. We identify and measure three primary effects of fullline forcing contracts: market coverage, leverage, and efficiency. We find that bundling increases market coverage and efficiency, but has little impact on one distributor gaining leverage over another. As a result, we estimate that full-line forcing contracts increased consumer and producer surplus in this application.
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Volume (Year): 60 (2012)
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- Justin Ho & Katherine Ho & Julie Holland Mortimer, 2010. "Analyzing the Welfare Impacts of Full-line Forcing Contracts," NBER Working Papers 16318, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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- Chenghuan Sean Chu & Phillip Leslie & Alan Sorensen, 2011. "Bundle-Size Pricing as an Approximation to Mixed Bundling," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(1), pages 263-303, February.
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