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Intertemporal Price Discrimination and Competition

  • Ralph-C Bayer

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    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

In this study we investigate the impact of competition on markets for non-durable goods where intertemporal price discrimination is possible. We develop a simple model of different potential scenarios for intertemporal price discrimination and implement it in a laboratory experiment. We compare the outcomes in monopolies and duopolies. Surprisingly, we find that competition does not necessarily prevent intertemporal price discrimination, as our model predicts. However, competition generally reduces sales prices, but by far less than theory predicts. As expected, competition increases efficiency.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2006-06.

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