Quality of Information and Oligopolistic Price Discrimination
AbstractRecent developments in information technology (IT) have resulted in the collection of a vast amount of customer specific data. As the IT advances the quality of such information improves. We analyze a sequential spatial model of oligopolistic third degree price discrimination where the firms use the available information to classify the consumers into segments and charge each consumer group a different price. Higher information quality increases the number of identifiable consumer groups. Among our findings: i) when the information quality is low, a unilateral commitment not to price discriminate arises in equilibrium, but for high information precision such a commitment is a dominated strategy and the game becomes a prisoners' dilemma and ii) equilibrium profits exhibit a U-shape relationship with the information quality.
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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 07 Aug 2002
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Price discrimination; Information quality; Information acquisition.;
Other versions of this item:
- Qihong Liu & Konstantinos Serfes, 2004. "Quality of Information and Oligopolistic Price Discrimination," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(4), pages 671-702, December.
- Qihong Liu & Konstantinos Serfes, 2002. "Quality of Information and Oligopolistic Price Discrimination," Industrial Organization 0203004, EconWPA, revised 06 Mar 2002.
- D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
- L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
- O30 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
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