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Quality certification standards in competitive markets: When consumers and producers (dis)agree

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  • Lapan, Harvey
  • Moschini, GianCarlo

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A quality certification standard in a competitive setting can improve welfare but may affect consumers and producers differently. In a competitive model with quality preferences of the vertical product differentiation type, we find that producers prefer a higher (lower) quality standard than consumers if individual demand functions are log-convex (log-concave).

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 104 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 144-147

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:104:y:2009:i:3:p:144-147

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Keywords: Comparative statics Log-concavity Minimum quality standards Quality certification Vertical product differentiation;

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