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Competition in Multi-Characteristics Spaces: Hotelling Was Almost Right

  • Andreas IRMEN
  • Jean-François THISSE

Lancasterian models of product differentiation typically assume a one-dimension characteristics space. We show that standard results on prices and locations no longer hold when firms compete in a multi- characteistics space.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 9613.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: May 1996
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Theory, vol.78 (1), January 1998, pp. 76-102
Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:9613
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