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Enchancing market power by reducing switching costs

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  • BOUCKAERT, Jan
  • DEGRYSE, Hans
  • PROVOOST, Thomas

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A proportional decrease in switching costs increases competition and social welfare. However, a lump sum decrease in switching costs softens competition and does not invariably increase social welfare.

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  • BOUCKAERT, Jan & DEGRYSE, Hans & PROVOOST, Thomas, 2010. "Enchancing market power by reducing switching costs," Working Papers 2010008, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Business and Economics.
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    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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