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The complementarity between calls and messages in mobile telephony

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  • Grzybowski, Lukasz
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This article estimates the price elasticities of the demand for mobile telephone calls and the demand for messages for Portugal. We use a panel of individual level data. In order to account for the unobserved individual heterogeneity and for the data censoring, we estimate a Tobit model for panel data with individual random effects. The demand for calls and the demand for messages are inelastic. Calls and messages are complements.
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  • Grzybowski, Lukasz & Pereira, Pedro, 2008. "The complementarity between calls and messages in mobile telephony," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 279-287, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:iepoli:v:20:y:2008:i:3:p:279-287
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