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Differentiated Bertrand markets: restoring the minimum differentiation principle

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I introduce non-perfect substitutability between products into the spatial Bertrand model. I show that if goods are complements, the firms always agglomerate. If goods are substitutes, the firms agglomerate if the transportation costs are not too high. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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  • Stefano Colombo, 2013. "Differentiated Bertrand markets: restoring the minimum differentiation principle," Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 103-108, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:lsprsc:v:6:y:2013:i:2:p:103-108
    DOI: 10.1007/s12076-012-0090-3
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    Keywords

    Product differentiation; Spatial competition; Agglomeration; D43; L13; L40;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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