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Quality improvement and network externalities

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  • Jean J., GABSWEWICZ

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE))

  • Filomena, GARCIA

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We analyse the optimal pricing choice of an incumbent firm that sells a good with network externalities and is threatened by the entry of a higher quality variant. In the framework of a vertical differentiation model, we find a necessary and sufficient condition under which quality improvement occurs as a result of this competition.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques in its series Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) with number 2005064.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvec:2005064

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Keywords: Vertical product differentiation; network externalities; quality improvement;

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