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Targeted product design

Bar-Isaac, Heski, Caruana, Guillermo and Cuñat, Vicente ORCID: 0000-0001-7504-2801 (2021) Targeted product design. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. ISSN 1945-7669 (In Press)

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Abstract

We propose an intuitive representation of product design in which firms locate inside a circle and consumers in its outer circumference. Designs trade-off horizontal and vertical transport costs. Our setting encompasses all linear demand rotations. Firms with lower quality and/or higher marginal costs choose niche designs that cater to specific consumers at the expense of alienating the rest. Firms choose intermediate designs or more polarized ones instead depending on the convexity of the vertical transport cost. We examine such design choices in monopoly, duopoly, and monopolistic competition settings.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/mic
Additional Information: © 2022 American Economic Association
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 10:27
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2022 16:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113517

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