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The Impact of Price Discrimination on Revenue: Evidence from the Concert Industry

  • Pascal Courty

    (University of Victoria)

  • Mario Pagliero

    (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Concert tickets can be sold at the same price or at different prices that reflect different seating categories. Price discrimination generates about 5% greater revenues than single-price ticketing. The return to price discrimination is higher in markets with greater demand heterogeneity, as predicted by price discrimination theory. The return to an increase from three to four concert seat categories is roughly half that of an increase from one to two. © 2011 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Volume (Year): 94 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 359-369

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