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Joan Robinson Was Almost Right: Output under Third-Degree Price Discrimination

Iñaki Aguirre ()

No 2009-38, IKERLANAK from Universidad del País Vasco - Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico I

Abstract: In this paper, we show that in order for third-degree price discrimination to increase total output, the demands of the strong markets should be, as conjectured by Robinson (1933), more concave than the demands of the weak markets. By making the distinction between adjusted concavity of the inverse demand and adjusted concavity of the direct demand, we are able to state necessary conditions and sufficient conditions for third-degree price discrimination to increase total output.

Keywords: third-degree price discrimination; output; monopoly; welfare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L13 D42 L12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009-12
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