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November 1984 - Volume 52 Issue 6 Page 1453 - 1472


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Price Discrimination and Monopolistic Competition

Michael L. Katz

Abstract

I examine the effects of price discrimination on the equilibrium prices, number of firms, and level of total surplus in a monopolistically competitive market. The main finding is that uniform pricing is more (less) efficient than is price discrimination when the purchases made by the consumers who are discriminated against constitute a small (large) proportion of the total purchases.

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