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Full or partial market coverage? A note on spatial competition with elastic demand

  • Giovanni Nero

    (Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA)

In this paper, a spatial model is used to endogenously determine product locations and prices when consumers have an elastic demand with a finite reservation price. I show under which condition a two-stage Bertrand-Nash equilibrium yields maximal product differentiation with full market covering. Additionally, this paper highlights the effects of a change in the reservation price and in the utility loss rate on the equilibrium values of the model. The ambiguous effect of a change in the utility loss rate on prices constitutes a rather puzzling result. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

Volume (Year): 20 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 107-111

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Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:20:y:1999:i:2:p:107-111
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