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The Differentiation Triangle

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  • Canoy, Marcel
  • Peitz, Martin

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This paper formalizes the observation that submarkets for high-quality and low-quality variants are markedly different from each other. The authors study a simple model where variants of low quality cannot be horizontally differentiated, whereas customers disagree about the value of variants in the high-quality range. They determine the outcome under price competition in the differentiation triangle with sequential entry when each firm can develop the vertical product line or decide to follow a niche strategy, i.e., to develop only one variant. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Canoy, Marcel & Peitz, Martin, 1997. "The Differentiation Triangle," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(3), pages 305-328, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:45:y:1997:i:3:p:305-28
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    4. Jean-Luc Demeulemeester & Olivier Debande, 2008. "Quality and Variety Competition in Higher Education," Working Papers 08-10, Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC).
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    9. Coibion, Olivier & Einav, Liran & Hallak, Juan Carlos, 2007. "Equilibrium demand elasticities across quality segments," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 13-30, February.
    10. Yasunori Ishii, 2013. "Special Issue. Guest Editor: Zhihao Yu," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(3), pages 571-584, August.
    11. Mehlum, Halvor, 2016. "Another model of sales. Price discrimination in a differentiated duopoly market," Memorandum 12/2016, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
    12. Kobi Kriesler & Shmuel Nitzan, 2006. "Increasing sales by introducing non-salable items," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(8), pages 631-641.
    13. Eales James & Binkley James K, 2003. "Vertical Product Differentiation in Theory and Practice," Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, De Gruyter, vol. 1(1), pages 1-18, September.

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