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Can competition reduce quality?

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We study the e¤ect of competition on quality in markets such as health care, long-term care and education, when providers choose both prices and quality in a setting of spatial competition. We o¤er a novel mechanism whereby competition leads to lower quality. This mechanism relies on two key assumptions, namely that the providers are motivated and risk-averse. Our proposed mechanism can help explain several empirical …ndings of a negative e¤ect of competition on quality.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Paper Series in Economics with number 9/2012.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 02 Apr 2012
Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhheco:2012_009
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