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Subscription as a price descrimination device



    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE))

  • Nathalie SONNAC

    (Ecare, Université Libre de Burxelles and LEI/CREST, Paris)


We propose a model representing a newspaper producer supplying a product which can be acquired by the readers either every day per one unit at a time, or by subscription. The population of potential buyers is differentiated according to the frequency at which they want to read the newspaper. First we identify the optimal pricing policy, namely, the optimal price for issues sold per unit at the newsstand, as well as the optimal subscription fee. Then we show that it is always more profitable to supply the market with both possibilites - free sale purchase and subscription - than to concentrate the sales on either of these alternatives.

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  • Jean J. GABSZEWICZ & Nathalie SONNAC, 1999. "Subscription as a price descrimination device," Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) 1999043, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvre:1999043

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    Cited by:

    1. Marcelo Resende & Eduardo Ferioli, 2014. "Magazine Subscription and Intertemporal Discounting: Some Further Evidence," CESifo Working Paper Series 5070, CESifo Group Munich.

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    JEL classification:

    • L - Industrial Organization
    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    • L8 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services


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