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Welfare analysis and policy implications of bundling decisions by firms

Dassiou, X. & Glycopantis, D. (2013). Welfare analysis and policy implications of bundling decisions by firms. Advances in Economics and Business, 1(1), pp. 6-21. doi: 10.13189/aeb.2013.010102


This paper models an original approach where the monopolist firm no longer uses pure bundling with weights 1:1. The decisions of the firm take place in a two-step optimisation process. In the first stage, using portfolio optimisation it decides whether to bundle and also sets the optimal weight for each good. In the second stage, it sets the profit maximising bundle price on the basis of the chosen weights. We compare the profit, consumer and welfare implications of our pure bundling model to the usual 1:1 pure bundling model, and comment on the competition policy making implications.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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