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Pricing in the shadow of firm turnover: ISPs during the 1990s

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  • Stranger, Greg
  • Greenstein, Shane

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We examine the relationship between changes in price levels and the evolution of the market for dial-up ISPs in the United States from November 1993 to January 1999. This was a period of much entry and exit and new product introduction. We show that new firms enter the market at a small but significant price discount to established incumbents. At the same time, introduction of new products/technologies is priced at a significant price premium to the existing offerings, but the premium declines rapidly. We also find a survivor bias in pricing: ISPs who survive tend to have higher prices than younger firms. This bias interacts with the evolution of the market. Lastly, we find comparatively little role for exit.

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  • Stranger, Greg & Greenstein, Shane, 2008. "Pricing in the shadow of firm turnover: ISPs during the 1990s," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 26(3), pages 625-642, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:26:y:2008:i:3:p:625-642
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    1. Michelle Haynes & Steve Thompson, 2013. "Entry and Exit Behavior in the Absence of Sunk Costs: Evidence from a Price Comparison Site," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 42(1), pages 1-23, February.
    2. Shane Greenstein, 2008. "Economic Experiments and Neutrality in Internet Access," NBER Chapters,in: Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 8, pages 59-109 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Greenstein, Shane & McDevitt, Ryan, 2011. "Evidence of a modest price decline in US broadband services," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 200-211, June.

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