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Monopoly Price Discrimination and Demand Curvature

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  • Iñaki Aguirre
  • Simon Cowan
  • John Vickers

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This paper presents a general analysis of the effects of monopolistic third-degree price discrimination on welfare and output when all markets are served. Sufficient conditions — involving straightforward comparisons of the curvatures of the direct and inverse demand functions in the different markets — are presented for discrimination to have negative or positive effects on social welfare and output. (JEL D42)

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  • Iñaki Aguirre & Simon Cowan & John Vickers, 2010. "Monopoly Price Discrimination and Demand Curvature," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 100(4), pages 1601-1615, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:100:y:2010:i:4:p:1601-15
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.100.4.1601
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