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Identification and Estimation of Online Price Competition With an Unknown Number of Firms

TitleIdentification and Estimation of Online Price Competition With an Unknown Number of Firms
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsAn, Y, Baye, MR, Hu, Y, Morgan, J, Shum, M
JournalJournal of Applied Econometrics
Volume32
Pagination80-102
Type of ArticleArticle
Abstract

This paper considers identification and estimation of a general model for online price competition. We show that when the number of competing firms is unknown the underlying parameters of the model can still be identified and estimated employing recently developed results on measurement errors. We illustrate our methodology using UK data for personal digital assistants and employ the estimates to simulate competitive effects. Our results reveal that heightened competition has differential effects on the prices paid by different consumer segments. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.