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Demand Elasticities for Mobile Telecommunications in Austria

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  • Ralf Dewenter

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    (Ruhr-University Bochum, Department of Economics)

  • Justus Haucap

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    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Economics)

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This paper analyses price elasticities in the Austrian market for mobile telecommunications services using data on firm specific tariffs in the period between January 1998 and March 2002. As a novelty compared to existing studies dynamic panel data regressions are used to estimate short-run and long-run demand elasticities for business customers and for private consumers with both postpaid contracts and prepaid cards. We find that business customers have a higher elasticity of demand than private consumers, where postpaid customers tend to have a higher demand elasticity than prepaid customers. Also demand is as expected more elastic in the long run. In addition, the paper also provides estimates for firm-specific demand elasticities which range from -0.47 to -1.1.

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Article provided by Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics in its journal Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 228 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 49-63

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Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:228:y:2008:i:1:p:49-63

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Keywords: Mobile telephony; price elasticities; unbalanced panel data; dynamic panel data analysis.;

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