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Location-then-Price Competititon with Uncertain Consumer Tastes

Meagher, Kieron; Zauner, Klaus


We investigate Hotelling's duopoly game of location-then-price choices with quadratic transportation costs and uniformly distributed consumers under the assumption that firms are uncertain about consumer tastes. When the uncertainty has a uniform distribution on the closed interval [-L/2,L/2], with 0 < L < ∞, we characterize the unique equilibrium and the socially optimal locations. Contrary to the individual-level random utility models, we find that uncertainty is a differentiation force. For...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Economic Theory
DOI: 10.1007/s00199-004-0520-6


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