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Efficient Capacity Pricing of the Internet Services

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  • Chang-Ho Yoon


    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

  • Young-Woong Song

    (SK Research Institute for SUPEX Management)

  • Byoung Heon Jun


    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

The paper examines the possibilities to improve efficiency in Internet pricing by introducing pre-purchase contract. One can regard pre-purchase market as a device for providing guaranteed services and as an alternative to smart market that can implement expected capacity pricing in an efficient manner. We find that the pre-purchase market tends to discriminate against the consumers who are less certain about their demands. We provide a condition under which the discriminatory effect is overwhelmed by the market force, which discourages the consumers with lower value by high premium. We also suggest a solution to the discriminatory effect.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Korea University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 0508.

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Date of creation: 2005
Handle: RePEc:iek:wpaper:0508
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  1. Arnott, Richard & de Palma, Andre & Lindsey, Robin, 1999. "Information and time-of-usage decisions in the bottleneck model with stochastic capacity and demand," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 43(3), pages 525-548, March.
  2. McKnight, Lee W. & Boroumand, Jahangir, 2000. "Pricing Internet services: after flat rate," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(6-7), pages 565-590, August.
  3. Apostolopoulos, Theodore & Courcoubetis, Costas & Cohen, Sandra & Psiakki, Xanthi, 2000. "Multiple incentive internet pricing for national academic research networks: a case study," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(6-7), pages 591-611, August.
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