Third-degree price discrimination, quality choice, and welfare
AbstractEmploying an endogenous quality choice model, we reconsider the effect on welfare of monopolistic third-degree price discrimination. We prove that price discrimination always enhances welfare, mainly because the quality improvement owing to price discrimination increases consumer surplus. Moreover, we show that third-degree price discrimination benefits all parties, including consumers in the higher priced market if the preference differences between markets are sufficiently large.
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Third-degree price discrimination Endogenous quality choice Vertically differentiated products Monopoly;
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