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Price Discrimination in Markets for Experts' Services

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  • Dulleck, Uwe
  • Kerschbamer, Rudolf

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This Paper studies the consequences of price discrimination in a market for experts’ services. In the case of experts markets, where the expert observes the intervention that a consumer needs to fix his problem and also provides a treatment, price discrimination proceeds along the dimension of quality of advice offered. High quality advice and appropriate treatment is provided to the most profitable market segment only. Less profitable consumers are induced to demand either unnecessary or insufficient procedures. The welfare consequences of price discrimination are ambiguous: On the one hand, price discrimination increases the number of consumers that get an intervention. On the other hand, some consumers that are efficiently served under non-discrimination get the wrong procedure if the expert can discriminate among customers.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 4155.

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Keywords: credence goods; experts; fraud; price discrimination;

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  1. Kerschbamer, Rudolf & Sutter, Matthias & Dulleck, Uwe, 2009. "The Impact of Distributional Preferences on (Experimental) Markets for Expert Services," IZA Discussion Papers 4647, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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