Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106843
Authors: 
Macieira, João
Pereira, Pedro
Vareda, João
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
20th ITS Biennial Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 30 Nov. - 03 Dec. 2014: The Net and the Internet - Emerging Markets and Policies
Abstract: 
We analyze …firms’ incentives to bundle and tie in the telecommunications industry. As a fi…rst step, we develop a discrete-choice demand model where fi…rms sell products that may combine several services in bundles, and consumers choose assortments of different types of products available from various vendors. Our approach extends standard discrete-choice demand models of differentiated product to allow for both fl‡exible substitution patterns and to map demand for each choice alternative onto the demand for each service or bundle that a fi…rm may sell. We exploit these properties to examine bundling behavior when fi…rms choose: (i) prices, and (ii) which products to sell. Using consumer-level data and survey data from the Portuguese telecommunications industry, we estimate our demand model and identify fi…rm incentives to bundle and tie in this industry. We use the model to perform several policy related conterfactuals and evaluate their impact on prices and product provision.
Subjects: 
Bundles
Discrete-Choice Model
Equilibrium Simulation
Differentiated Product
Consumer Level Data
JEL: 
D43
K21
L44
L96
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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