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Information externalities in a model of sales

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  • Martin Sefton

    () (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

  • John Morgan

    () (Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University)

Abstract

We anlayze Varian's (1980) Model of Sales, and show that when the number of uninformed consumers increases, prices become less competitive for all consumers. Thus, the influx of uninformed consumers generates a negative externality increasing the prices paid by informed consumers.

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  • Martin Sefton & John Morgan, 2001. "Information externalities in a model of sales," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 4(7), pages 1-5.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-01d00003
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