The role of consumers in competition and competition policy
UNSPECIFIED (2003) The role of consumers in competition and competition policy. In: EARIE Meeting 2001, DUBLIN, IRELAND, AUG-SEP, 2001ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV.Full text not available from this repository.
This paper develops the idea that consumers' behaviour matters significantly from the viewpoint of industry performance. This is examined through some theoretical propositions on search and switching behaviour, but then at greater length through some case study examples. These demonstrate how, even in potentially competitive industries, reluctance by consumers to search or to switch suppliers can lead to sub-competitive outcomes. Comparisons are made between industries where search and switching is easy and those where it is not. The significance of non-traditional competition policy remedies such as enforcement of annual contracts in changing the outcome is drawn out. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions|
|Journal or Publication Title:||INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|Number of Pages:||22|
|Page Range:||pp. 129-150|
|Title of Event:||EARIE Meeting 2001|
|Location of Event:||DUBLIN, IRELAND|
|Date(s) of Event:||AUG-SEP, 2001|
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