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Dynamic nonlinear pricing: Biased expectations, inattention, and bill shock

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  • Grubb, Michael D.

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Recent research highlights the importance of biased expectations and inattention for nonlinear pricing in dynamic environments. Findings are: (1) Three-part tariffs, such as cellular service contracts, exploit consumer overconfidence. (2) Surprise penalty fees may be used to further exploit biased beliefs or alternatively to price discriminate more efficiently whenever consumers are inattentive. (3) Implementing the recent bill-shock agreement between cellular carriers and the FCC is predicted to harm rather than help consumers when endogenous price changes are taken into account.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 30 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 287-290

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Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:30:y:2012:i:3:p:287-290

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Keywords: Nonlinear pricing; Dynamic; Inattention; Overconfidence; Bill shock; Cellular;

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  1. Charles Angelucci & Julia Cage & Romain de Nijs, 2013. "Price Discrimination in a Two-Sided Market: Theory and Evidence from the Newspaper Industry," Working Papers 13-13, NET Institute.

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