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On production costs in vertical differentiation models

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  • Brécard, Dorothée

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We analyze the effects of the introduction of a unit production cost in a vertical differentiation model with fixed costs of quality improvement: For a low (high) unit cost, a rise in cost reduces (increases) product differentiation and prices.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 109 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 183-186

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:109:y:2010:i:3:p:183-186

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Keywords: Fixed cost Variable cost Product quality Vertical differentiation;

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  1. Wojciech Grabowski & Krzysztof Szczygielski, 2009. "Are Unit Export Values Correct Measures of the Exports' Quality?," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0393, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.

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