15-4MonoDisc - Necessary Conditions for Price...

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1 Monopoly Price Discrimination Chapter 15-4 Laugher Curve The First Law of Economics: For every economist, there exists an equal and opposite economist. The Second Law of Economics: They're both wrong. Price Discrimination Under certain conditions, a firm with market power is able to charge different customers different prices. This is called price discrimination . The Price-Discriminating Monopolist z Price discrimination is the ability to charge different prices to different individuals or groups of individuals.
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2 The Price-Discriminating Monopolist* z In order to price discriminate, a monopolist must be able to: z Identify groups of customers who have different elasticities of demand; z Separate them in some way; and z Limit their ability to resell its product between groups. The Price-Discriminating Monopolist z A price-discriminating monopolist can increase both output and profit. z It can charge customers with more inelastic demands a higher price. z It can charge customers with more elastic demands a lower price.
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Unformatted text preview: Necessary Conditions for Price Discrimination z For price discrimination to work, the firm must be able to set the price. z The firm must be able to “segment the market” That is, the firm must be able to: z Separate the customers z Prevent resale of the product Price Discrimination in Action 3 The Early Bird Gets a Lower Price z Early Bird Specials— Restaurants charge special, lower prices for early diners. z Matinees—Theaters charge less for earlier shows. z Air Fares—Airlines charge less for flyers willing to fly “off peak,” i.e. early morning and late night. Perfect Price Discrimination z By discriminating, a monopoly firm makes greater profits than it would make by charging both groups the same price. z A firm with market power could collect the entire consumer surplus if it could charge each customer exactly the price that that customer was willing and able to pay. This is called perfect price discrimination ....
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2011 for the course ECON 201 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Rio Hondo College.

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