Price discrimination and economics journals

David I. Rosenbaum, Meng Hua Ye

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An analysis of pricing by economics journal publishers shows that most publishers initially charge libraries and individual subscribers the same price. Over time, however, almost all eventually engage in price discrimination. The few publishers that never price-discriminate seem to be pursuing an explicit non-profit-maximizing pricing strategy. Once discrimination occurs, library prices rise faster than individual subscriber prices. These results are consistent with theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1611-1618
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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