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Transparency and product variety

  • Schultz, Christian

We study long run effects of transparency on the consumer side in a differentiated market. Only some consumers know prices. Increasing transparency reduces the equilibrium price, profit and firm entry. This improves welfare and, in most cases, average consumer utility.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 102 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 165-168

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:102:y:2009:i:3:p:165-168
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