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Free entry and welfare with price discrimination

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  • Francisco Galera

    () (Universidad de Navarra)

  • Pedro Mendi

    () (Universidad de Navarra)

Abstract

We show that if firms in an industry engage in third-degree price discrimination, the number of firms in the free-entry equilibrium may be inefficiently low. This result is obtained even with set up costs and a price above marginal cost. We discuss the relevant implications that our result has for policy design.

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  • Francisco Galera & Pedro Mendi, 2011. "Free entry and welfare with price discrimination," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(4), pages 3268-3274.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00117
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    5. Armstrong, Mark, 2006. "Price discrimination," MPRA Paper 4693, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Free entry; Social welfare; Third-degree price discrimination; Oligopoly; Business stealing.;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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