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Bundling revisited: substitute products and inter-firm discounts

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  • Armstrong, Mark

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This paper extends the standard model of bundling to allow products to be substitutes and for products to be supplied by separate sellers. Whether integrated or separate, firms have an incentive to introduce bundling discounts when demand for the bundle is elastic relative to demand for stand-alone products. Separate firms often have a unilateral incentive to offer inter-firm bundle discounts, although this depends on the detailed form of substitutability. Bundle discounts mitigate the innate substitutability of products, which can relax competition between firms and induce an integrated firm to lower all of its prices when it follows a bundling strategy.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 26782.

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Keywords: Price discrimination; bundling; oligopoly; loyalty pricing;

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