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PRICE COMPETITION IN U.S. BREWING -super-*

Christian Rojas

Journal of Industrial Economics, 2008, vol. 56, issue 1, 1-31

Abstract: This study utilizes a brand-level dataset that captures a unique natural experiment, a 100% increase in the excise tax, to evaluate different pricing models in the U.S. beer industry. To assess the plausibility of different models, the increase in marginal cost resulting from the tax increase is exploited: observed prices in the post-increase period are compared to the prices that should be observed under various pricing models. Three types of models are analyzed: Bertrand-Nash, leadership, and collusion. Results indicate that extreme cases of collusion can be confidently ruled out while several models may explain the observed prices equally well. Copyright 2008 The Author.

Date: 2008
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