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Private Labels, Price Rivalry, and Public Policy

  • Staahl Gabrielsen, T.
  • Sorgard, L.

The article examine how the existence of a retailer owned brand, private label, affects the price setting of a national brand. We find that the potential for a private label introdution may lead to price consessions form the national brand producer, but that actual private label introduction as such may very well lead to higher retail prices on national brands.

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Paper provided by Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration- in its series Papers with number 8/00.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:norgee:8/00
Phone: 5595 9000
Fax: 5595 9100
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