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Nonlinear pricing and competition intensity in a Hotelling-type model with discrete product and consumer types


  • Hernandez, Manuel A.


This paper develops a Hotelling model with discrete product and consumer types. We analyze the impact of horizontal differentiation (competition intensity) on relative prices. We find that the optimal price ratio of high- to low-quality products decreases with less competition.

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  • Hernandez, Manuel A., 2011. "Nonlinear pricing and competition intensity in a Hotelling-type model with discrete product and consumer types," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 110(3), pages 174-177, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:110:y:2011:i:3:p:174-177

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