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Market Share Discounts and Investment Incentives


  • Sloev, Igor


The paper investigates pro- and anticompetitive e¤ects of the use of market share discounts (MSD�s). While MSD�s can be used for exploiting a dominant position and may lead to a welfare reduction, MSD�s also can serve as an e¢ cient device for the creation of incentives. Particularly, if a �nal demand for an upstream manufacturer�s good depends on a promotional e¤ort of a retailer, the manufacturer can e¤ectively use MSD�s to induce an optimal level of the retailer�s e¤ort. Moreover, it is possible that MSD�s have a positive impact both on the consumers�surplus and the total industry pro�ts. Thus the use of MSD�s should not be treated as an anticompetitive practice a priori, but rather it has to be judged on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Sloev, Igor, 2007. "Market Share Discounts and Investment Incentives," MPRA Paper 13990, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:13990

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    1. Akgün Uğur & Chioveanu Ioana, 2013. "Loyalty Discounts," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 13(2), pages 655-685, September.
    2. Ugur Akgun & Ioana Chioveanu, 2012. "Loyalty Discounts," CEDI Discussion Paper Series 12-07, Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University.
    3. Amemiya Yuki & Kitamura Hiroshi & Oshiro Jun, 2014. "Market-Share Contracts with Vertical Externalities," Asian Journal of Law and Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 5(1-2), pages 1-15, December.

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    market-share discounts; vertical restraints; incentives;

    JEL classification:

    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • L42 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Vertical Restraints; Resale Price Maintenance; Quantity Discounts
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure


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