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Discriminatory Nonlinear Pricing, Fixed Costs, and Welfare in Intermediate-Goods Markets

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Herweg, Fabian ; Müller, Daniel:
Discriminatory Nonlinear Pricing, Fixed Costs, and Welfare in Intermediate-Goods Markets.
In: International Journal of Industrial Organization. Vol. 46 (May 2016) . - pp. 107-136.
ISSN 0167-7187
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijindorg.2016.04.001

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We investigate the welfare effects of third-degree price discrimination in input markets when nonlinear wholesale tariffs are feasible. After accepting their respective wholesale contracts, two downstream firms have to pay a fixed cost in order to become active in the downstream market. If the downstream firm with lower marginal cost has significantly higher fixed cost, uniform pricing leads to lower marginal wholesale prices for all downstream firms and thus higher quantities of the final product being produced. This in turn implies that banning price discrimination improves welfare and consumer surplus. If the downstream firm with lower marginal cost has only weakly higher (or even lower) fixed cost, banning price discrimination deteriorates welfare and consumer surplus.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Fixed cost; Third-degree price discrimination; Two-part tariffs; Vertical relations
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VIII: International Competition Economics > Chair Economics VIII: International Competition Economics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Fabian Herweg
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VIII: International Competition Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 08:31
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2017 08:31
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/40776