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Location Choice and Price Discrimination in a Duopoly

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  • Valletti, Tommaso

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This paper analyzes the problem of price discrimination in a market where consumers have heterogeneous preferences over both a horizontal parameter (brand) and a vertical one (quality). A model with two firms competing over locations and non-linear contracts is analyzed. Discriminatory contracts are first characterized at each location. It is then shown that locations have a big impact on the firms' discriminatory ability and that equilibrium locations are non-monotonic in consumer types; however firms never locate too far away from the first and third quartiles.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2322.

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Date of creation: Dec 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2322

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Keywords: horizontal and vertical differentiation; Location; Price Discrimination;

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  1. Ricardo Biscaia & Isabel Mota, 2011. "Models of Spatial Competition: a Critical Review," FEP Working Papers 411, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  2. Baye, Irina & Hasnas, Irina, 2014. "Consumer flexibility, data quality and location choice," DICE Discussion Papers 139, Heinrich‐Heine‐Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).
  3. Brito, Duarte & Pereira, Pedro, 2009. "Product differentiation when competing with the suppliers of bottleneck inputs," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 43-53, January.
  4. Sílvia Jorge & Cesaltina Pires, 2004. "Delivered versus Mill Nonlinear Pricing in Free Entry Markets," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) 22, Departamento de Economia, Gestão e Engenharia Industrial, Universidade de Aveiro.
  5. Jorge, Sí­lvia Ferreira & Pires, Cesaltina Pacheco, 2008. "Delivered versus mill nonlinear pricing with endogenous market structure," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 26(3), pages 829-845, May.

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