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Breadth, depth, and competition

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  • Bar-Isaac, Heski

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We consider the trade-offs in the choice between depth (a narrow high quality position) and breadth (a wide low quality range). In particular, the extent of depth or breadth in a market can be non-monotonic in the strength of competition.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 103 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 110-112

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:103:y:2009:i:2:p:110-112

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Keywords: Breadth Depth Specialization Competition Horizontal and vertical differentiation;

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