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Private Labels, Price Rivalry, and Public Policy

  • Gabrielsen, Tommy Staahl
  • Sørgard, Lars

The article examines how the existence of a retailer owned brand, private label, aspects the price setting of a national brand. We …nd that the potential for a private label introduction may lead to price concessions from the national brand producer, but that actual private label introduction as such may very well lead to higher retail prices on national brands. We argue that this may have important implications for the interpretation of empirical results and the public policy towards national brands.

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