Location, Location, Location! A Classroom Demonstration of the Hotelling Model
AbstractThis paper outlines a classroom experiment that complements the standard theoretical discussion of Hotelling's (1929) spatial competition model. The exercise provides students with a deeper understanding of the intuition behind competitive clustering, resolving the Bertrand paradox, and product positioning. Students act as street vendors operating within a “linear city.” Each student chooses a location, taking into account the locations of competitors and the transportation costs of customers. Other treatments include choosing price given location and a two-stage model of location and price. The experiment can be implemented in any size class, with very little preparation. It is well-suited for courses in microeconomics, industrial organization, game theory, experimental economics, and public choice economics, and also can be incorporated into political science courses.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, College of William and Mary in its series Working Papers with number 44.
Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 18 Sep 2006
Date of revision: 05 Feb 2007
classroom experiment; location choice;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
- C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
- D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
- L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-09-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-EXP-2006-09-30 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-GEO-2006-09-30 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-URE-2006-09-30 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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