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Distance, Demand, And Oligopoly Pricing


We demonstrate how to estimate a model of product demand and oligopoly pricing when products are multi-dimensionally differentiated. We provide an empirical counterpart to recent theoretical work on product differentiation. Using specifications informed by economic theory, we simultaneously estimate a demand system and price-cost margins for products differentiated in many dimensions.

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Paper provided by Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan in its series Working Papers with number 245.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 1989
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Handle: RePEc:mie:wpaper:245
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