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Price Discrimination in Oligopoly: Evidence from Swedish Newspapers

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  • Asplund, Marcus

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    (Department of Economics, London Business School)

  • Eriksson, Rickard

    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Strand, Niklas

    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

Abstract

This paper provides an empirical examination of third-degree price discrimination in the Swedish newspaper industry. The results show that price discrimination is more prevalent in competitive markets and among newspapers with low market shares. This supports predictions from recent theoretical work, including Chen (1997) and Fudenberg and Tirole (2000), which suggest that firms attempt to poach consumers from rivals by offering targeted discounts. In addition, we find weak evidence of newspapers in markets with large inflows of new consumers and those covering wide geographical areas offering more discounts.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 468.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 25 Oct 2001
Date of revision: 01 Jan 2007
Publication status: Forthcoming in Journal of Industrial Economics.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0468

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Keywords: Price discrimination; oligopoly; newspapers;

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Cited by:
  1. Mark Armstrong, 2005. "Recent Developments in the Economics of Price Discrimination," Industrial Organization 0511004, EconWPA.
  2. Ron Borzekowski & Raphael Thomadsen & Charles Taragin, 2009. "Competition and price discrimination in the market for mailing lists," Quantitative Marketing and Economics, Springer, vol. 7(2), pages 147-179, June.
  3. Asplund, Marcus & Eriksson, Rickard & Strand, Niklas, 2001. "Prices, Margins and Liquidity Constraints: Swedish Newspapers 1990-1996," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 470, Stockholm School of Economics.
  4. Sarah Guillou & Stefano Schiavo, 2007. "Export prices and increasing world competition: evidence from French, German, and Italian pricing behavior," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2007-25, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
  5. Takanori Adachi & Noriaki Matsushima, 2011. "The Welfare Effects of Third-Degree Price Discrimination in a Differentiated Oligopoly," ISER Discussion Paper 0800, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.

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