Monopoly Pricing of Experience Goods
AbstractWe develop a dynamic model of experience goods pricing with independent private valuations. We show that the optimal paths of sales and prices can be described in terms of a simple dichotomy. In a mass market, prices are declining over time. In a niche market, the optimal prices are initially low followed by higher prices that extract surplus from the buyers with a high willingness to pay. We consider extensions of the model to integrate elements of social rather than private learning and turnover among buyers.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1463R.
Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2004
Date of revision: May 2005
Publication status: Published in Journal of Political Economy (2006), 114(4): 713-743
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