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Low price signals high capacity


  • Klaus Kultti


  • Eeva Mauring



We study pricing in a model where buyers are homogeneous and sellers have either capacity one or two. We show that if buyers observe prices but not capacities then an equilibrium exists where sellers of capacity two post lower prices than sellers of capacity one. The equilibrium satisfies the intuitive criterion. Copyright Springer-Verlag Wien 2014

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  • Klaus Kultti & Eeva Mauring, 2014. "Low price signals high capacity," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 112(2), pages 165-181, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:112:y:2014:i:2:p:165-181
    DOI: 10.1007/s00712-013-0355-3

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    Prices; Capacity; Signalling; D24; D82;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design


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