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The impact of price discrimination on consumer surplus at popular music concerts


  • Eckard, E. Woodrow
  • Smith, Marlene A.


We estimate consumer surplus gains and losses from concert ticket price discrimination. Fans purchasing low-priced tickets enjoy a surplus gain of about $9.26 per ticket while high-priced ticket buyers suffer a loss of about $17.63 per ticket.

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  • Eckard, E. Woodrow & Smith, Marlene A., 2013. "The impact of price discrimination on consumer surplus at popular music concerts," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 222-224.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:222-224 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.10.027

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    Price discrimination; Consumer surplus; Welfare economics; Popular music concerts;

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    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics


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