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Verdrängungspreise auf Telekommunikationsmärkten?

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  • Justus Haucap
  • Jörn Kruse

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The main argument commonly put forward against retail price deregulation in Germany's telecommunications markets is the concern that otherwise the former monopoly supplier may engage in predatory pricing. And even though some game theoretic models show that predation is sometimes possible, this paper argues that predatory pricing will generally not be profitable. However, prices below average cost and even below marginal cost may be part of a profit-maximizing business strategy without any predatory intent. Therefore, it is often difficult in practice to distinguish between predatory, anti-competitive price cuts and normal, competitive pricing policies. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2004

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  • Justus Haucap & Jörn Kruse, 2004. "Verdrängungspreise auf Telekommunikationsmärkten?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 5(3), pages 337-361, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:5:y:2004:i:3:p:337-361
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    1. Michael Böheim, 2005. "Competition and Competition Policy in the Austrian Electricity Market," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 78(9), pages 629-645, September.
    2. Michael Böheim, 2005. "Competition and Competition Policy in the Austrian Electricity Market. A Critical Review Four Years after Market Liberalisation," Austrian Economic Quarterly, WIFO, vol. 10(4), pages 150-167, December.
    3. Haucap, Justus & Klein, Gordon J., 2012. "Einschränkungen der Preisgestaltung im Einzelhandel aus wettbewerbsökonomischer Perspektive," DICE Ordnungspolitische Perspektiven 22, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).

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