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The Competitiveness of Markets with Switching Costs.

Abstract:

This article examines a two-period differentiated-products duopoly in which consumers are partially "locked in" by switching costs that they face in the second period. While these switching costs naturally make demand more inelastic in the second period, they also do so in the first period because consumers recognize that a firm with a higher market share charges a higher price in the second period and, hence, is a less attractive supplier to which to be attached. Prices are lower in the firs...

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Journal:
RAND Journal of Economics
Volume:
18
Publication date:
1987-01-01
URN:
uuid:6ec17b4f-3fef-44ac-8412-fc58b9636952
Local pid:
oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:11365
Language:
English

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