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Refunds and Collusion

  • Oz Shy

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    (WZB - Social Science Research Center Berlin)

  • Staffan Ringbom

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    (Department of Economics, Swedish School of Economics)

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We characterize the conditions under which industry-wide agreements on refund policies weaken price competition. We identify the conditions under which joint industry proffit increases with the amount of refunds promised to those consumers who cancel a reservation or return a product. We compare it to similar industry configurations when firms set up shipping and handling charges instead of refunds. Finally, we investigate refund policies under moral hazard.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno" in its series "Marco Fanno" Working Papers with number 0001.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:pad:wpaper:0001
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