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When Is Building a Library Consortium Bene cial?

  • Jeon, Doh-Shin
  • Menicucci, Domenico

This paper identifies strategies to build a library consortium from a long term point of view. Contrary to the conventional wisdom to build a consortium around groups of homogenous institutions (Davis, 2002), we find that libraries with similar preferences are likely to lose from building a consortium while libraries with opposite preferences almost always gain from it. Our results suggest a strong tension between a short-term strategy and a long-term strategy as long as the former dictates forming a consortium around libraries with homogenous preferences in order to gain from quantity discounts. This tension might create a "library consortium trap".

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Paper provided by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in its series TSE Working Papers with number 13-425.

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Date of creation: 21 Aug 2013
Date of revision: 07 Apr 2014
Handle: RePEc:tse:wpaper:27443
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