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Friday, January 11, 2013

Distribution: Is Free-riding Bad After All?

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Greg Gundlach (University of North Florida) asks Distribution: Is Free-riding Bad After All?

ABSTRACT: Free riding is traditionnally invoked to justify the imposition of restrictions on distributors These restrictions are commonly accepted by antitrust authorities which consider that curbing the liberty of distributors will enhance efficiency In this paper, we put forward another view based on empirical data and demonstrating that free riding is common and not necessarily bad for any of the businesses involved

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