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Title:Price structures in the market for long-distance voice telephony in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Brunekreeft, Gert
Gross, Wolfgang
Issue Date:1999
Series/Report no.:Diskussionsbeiträge // Institut für Verkehrswissenschaft und Regionalpolitik 61
Abstract:This paper analyses price structures in the liberalized German market for long-distance telecommunications services. Theoretically deduced patterns are backed-up by empirical observations. The market is exceptionally competitive; entry is taking place on a large scale and prices are falling sharply. The product is strongly homogeneous and search costs are extremely low. Propositions included in the assessment concern the necessary absence of systematic price discrimination, the probability of cut-throat competition, and the necessary presence of a demand-compatible peak-load structure. With respect to the latter there is an observable move of the price structure, which can be explained by regulatory failure.
Subjects:telecommunications
price discrimination
peak-load pricing
JEL:D41
L43
L96
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Diskussionsbeiträge, Inst. f. Verkehrswissenschaft u. Regionalpolitik, Universität Freiburg

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