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Minimum Resale Price Maintenance: Some Empirical Evidence from Maryland


  • Bailey Elizabeth M

    () (NERA Economic Consulting)

  • Leonard Gregory K

    () (NERA Economic Consulting)


On October 1, 2009, the State of Maryland enacted a statute that prohibits the use of minimum resale price maintenance (RPM). This was in response to the Supreme Court's 2007 Leegin decision that held that RPM should be evaluated under the rule of reason rather than be considered per se illegal. The Maryland statute provides a natural experiment that can be used to analyze the effect of RPM on retail prices. We analyze the effect of the statute on video game prices in Maryland. Video games were used for this analysis because video game manufacturers have been known to impose RPM. Employing a difference-in-differences approach, we find no effect of the Maryland statute on video game prices.

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  • Bailey Elizabeth M & Leonard Gregory K, 2010. "Minimum Resale Price Maintenance: Some Empirical Evidence from Maryland," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-8, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:10:y:2010:i:1:n:17

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    1. Jean Tirole, 1988. "The Theory of Industrial Organization," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262200716, January.
    2. Marianne Bertrand & Esther Duflo & Sendhil Mullainathan, 2004. "How Much Should We Trust Differences-In-Differences Estimates?," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 119(1), pages 249-275.
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    1. Alexander MacKay & David A. Smith, 2017. "Challenges for Empirical Research on RPM," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 50(2), pages 209-220, March.

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