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The model of the linear city under a triangular distribution of consumers: an empirical analysis on price and location of beverage kiosks in Catania

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This paper presents a model of oligopolistic competition under horizontal differentiation of products and a triangular distribution of consumers. The triangular distribution aims to represent a case of concentration of consumers around the central location. The main result is that a good deal of differentiation among products is achieved also under such assumption concerning the consumers’ distribution. This means that the incentive to differentiate – to some extent - prevails on the incentive to the central location, although consumers are concentrated in the central location. The analysis on an original empirical case-study is presented, concerning the choice of beverage retails in a town. The empirical evidence is consistent with the theoretical model.

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  • Torrisi, Gianpiero, 2008. "The model of the linear city under a triangular distribution of consumers: an empirical analysis on price and location of beverage kiosks in Catania," MPRA Paper 12694, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Product differentiation; Hotelling; Empirical analysis;

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    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • C00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - General
    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General

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