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    On the uniqueness of optimal prices set by monopolistic sellers

    Citation

    van den Berg, GJ, 2007, ‘On the uniqueness of optimal prices set by monopolistic sellers’. Journal of Econometrics, vol 141., pp. 482-491

    Abstract

    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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