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Bundling and International Market Segmentation

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  • Horn, Henrick
  • Shy, Oz

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This paper shows how firms, by bundling their products with nontradables, may contribute to the segmentation of international oligopoly markets. The authors develop a simple example with two products: one that is homogeneous across markets and one that is bundled with a nontradable, e.g., local services. Integration of the markets for the homogeneous product yields the expected price equalization across markets. However, integration of the markets for bundled products leaves the economy entirely unaffected. Hence, the standard methodology of comparing a 'segmented' and an 'integrated' equilibrium would exaggerate the effects of integration in this economy. Copyright 1996 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Horn, Henrick & Shy, Oz, 1996. "Bundling and International Market Segmentation," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 37(1), pages 51-69, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:37:y:1996:i:1:p:51-69
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    1. Joseph Francois & Bernard Hoekman, 2010. "Services Trade and Policy," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 48(3), pages 642-692, September.
    2. Feuerstein Switgard, 2002. "Home Bias, internationale Preisdifferenzierung und Wirtschaftsintegration / Home Bias, International Price Discrimination and Economic Integration," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 222(1), pages 112-131, February.
    3. Markus Kelle, 2013. "Crossing Industry Borders: German Manufacturers as Services Exporters," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 36(12), pages 1494-1515, December.
    4. Friberg, Richard, 2001. "Two monies, two markets?: Variability and the option to segment," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 317-327, December.
    5. Ueltschy, Linda C. & Laroche, Michel & Tamilia, Robert D. & Yannopoulos, Peter, 2004. "Cross-cultural invariance of measures of satisfaction and service quality," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 57(8), pages 901-912, August.
    6. Reich, Michael R. & Govindaraj, Ramesh, 1998. "Dilemmas in drug development for tropical diseases: Experiences with praziquantel," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(1), pages 1-18, April.
    7. Gayer, Amit & Shy, Oz, 2016. "A welfare evaluation of tying strategies," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(4), pages 623-637.
    8. Ganslandt, Mattias, 2001. "Strategic Investment and Market Integration," Working Paper Series 560, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
    9. Markus Kelle, 2012. "Crossing Industrial Borders: German Manufacturers as Services Exporters," Development Working Papers 329, Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano, revised 27 Mar 2012.

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