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Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Friday, May 18, 2012

Price Competition with Consumer Confusion

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Ioana Chioveanuy (Brunel University) and Jidong Zhou (NYU Stern School) have posted Price Competition with Consumer Confusion.

ABSTRACT: This paper proposes a model in which identical sellers of a homogenous product compete in both prices and price frames (i.e., ways to present price information). Frame choices a¤ect the comparability of price o¤ers, and may lead to consumer confusion. In the symmetric equilibrium price and price frame dispersion coexist and …rms make positive pro…ts. Moreover, the nature of equilibrium depends on whether frame di¤erentiation or frame complexity is more confusing, and an increase in the number of …rms can raise industry pro…ts and harm consumers.

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