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Noisy signaling in monopoly

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  • Mirman, Leonard J.
  • Salgueiro, Egas M.
  • Santugini, Marc

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We study the informational role of prices in a stochastic environment. We provide a closed-form solution of the monopoly problem when the price imperfectly signals quality to the uninformed buyers. We then study the effect of noise on output, market price, information flows, and expected profits. The presence of noise may reduce the informational externality due to asymmetric information, which increases the firm's expected profits.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Economics & Finance.

Volume (Year): 29 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 504-511

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Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:29:y:2014:i:c:p:504-511

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Keywords: Learning; Monopoly; Noise; Rational expectations; Signaling;

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Cited by:
  1. Catherine Gendron-Saulnier & Marc Santugini, 2013. "When (Not) to Segment Markets," Cahiers de recherche 1335, CIRPEE.
  2. Catherine Gendron-Saulnier & Marc Santugini, 2013. "The Informational Benefit of Being Discriminated," Cahiers de recherche 13-02, HEC Montréal, Institut d'économie appliquée.

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