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Technology Choice and Third Degree Price Discrimination in a Monopoly

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  • Francisco Galera

    () (School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra)

  • José Luis à lvarez

    () (School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra)

  • Juan Carlos Molero

    () (School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra)

Abstract

This paper studies technology choice as a relevant aspect to be considered when analyzing price discrimination and welfare. Our results reinforce the traditional wisdom that an increase in output is a necessary condition for price discrimination to improve social welfare. But we also find that the positive output effect does not need to be as large as previously supposed since, under some conditions, the monopoly will move to a socially preferred technology only if third-degree price discrimination is allowed.

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  • Francisco Galera & José Luis à lvarez & Juan Carlos Molero, 2012. "Technology Choice and Third Degree Price Discrimination in a Monopoly," Faculty Working Papers 15/12, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra.
  • Handle: RePEc:una:unccee:wp1512
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    Keywords

    monopoly; technology choice; third degree price discrimination;

    JEL classification:

    • D42 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Monopoly
    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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