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A Fallacy of Dominant Price Vectors in Network Industries

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  • Bolle Friedel

    () (Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt, Oder)

  • Heimel Jana

    (Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt, Oder)

Abstract

In German mobile phone contracts, calls in the provider's home net are usually less expensive than external calls (to the network of a competitor). Thus customers have to compare vectors of prices, and such a comparison can be the source of a fallacy in the presence of network externalities. Even if a provider with a lower market share requires lower prices for calls in the home as well as to other networks, his average price may be higher than that of a larger provider. Not being aware of this fact is called "a fallacy of dominant price vectors". Based on a questionnaire study this fallacy turns out to be a real phenomenon.

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  • Bolle Friedel & Heimel Jana, 2005. "A Fallacy of Dominant Price Vectors in Network Industries," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 4(3), pages 1-8, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:4:y:2005:i:3:n:2
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