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Comparative statics of monopoly pricing


  • Tim Baldenius

    () (Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA)

  • Stefan Reichelstein

    () (Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA)


When consumers' willingness-to-pay increases by a uniform amount, the change in the resulting monopoly price is generally indeterminate. Our analysis identifies sufficient conditions on the underlying demand curve which predict both the sign and the magnitude of the resulting price change.

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  • Tim Baldenius & Stefan Reichelstein, 2000. "Comparative statics of monopoly pricing," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 16(2), pages 465-469.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:16:y:2000:i:2:p:465-469 Note: Received: 22 April 1998; revised version: 29 March 1999

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    More about this item


    Monopoly pricing; Comparative statics; Log-concavity.;

    JEL classification:

    • D42 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Monopoly
    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies


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