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Title:Posted pricing as a plus factor PDF Logo
Authors:Harrington, Joseph E.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working papers // the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Economics 565
Abstract:This paper identifies conditions under which an industry-wide practice of posted (or list) pricing is a plus factor sufficient to conclude that firms violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act. For certain classes of markets, it is shown that, under competition, all firms setting a list price with a policy of no discounting is contrary to equilibrium. Thus, if all firms choose posted pricing, it is to facilitate collusion by making it easier for them to coordinate their prices. It is then argued that the adoption of posted pricing communicates the necessary intent and reliance to conclude concerted action.
Document Type:Working Paper
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