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On the uniqueness of optimal prices set by monopolistic sellers
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Econometrics, ISSN 0304-4076, E-ISSN 1872-6895, Vol. 141, no 2, 482-491 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper considers price determination by monopolistic sellers who know the distribution of valuations among the potential buyers. We derive a novel condition under which the optimal price set by the monopolist is unique. In many settings, this condition is easy to interpret, and it is valid for a very wide range of distributions of valuations. The results carry over to the optimal minimum price in independent private value auctions. In addition, they can be fruitfully applied in the analysis of quantity discount price policies.

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2007. Vol. 141, no 2, 482-491 p.
Keyword [en]
monopoly, auction, regularity, minimum price, hazard rate
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149979DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2006.10.005ISI: 000250871900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149979DiVA: diva2:406210
Available from: 2011-03-25 Created: 2011-03-24 Last updated: 2011-03-25Bibliographically approved

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