Location, Location, Location! A Classroom Demonstration of the Hotelling Model
Lisa R. Anderson
College of William and Mary - Department of Economics
Beth A. Freeborn
Bureau of Economics
Utah Valley University
University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Natural Resources & the Environment - Department of Resource Economics
John C Soper
John Carroll University - Boler School of Business
This paper outlines a classroom experiment that complements the standard theoretical discussion of Hotelling's (1929) spatial competition model. The exercises will provide students with a deeper understanding of the intuition behind competitive clustering, resolving the Bertrand paradox, and product positioning. Students act as street vendors operating within a "linear city." Each student chooses the most profitable location, taking into account the locations of competitors and the transportation costs of customers. Other treatments include choosing price given location and a two-stage model of location and price. The experiment can be implemented in any size class, with very little preparation. It is well-suited for courses in microeconomics, industrial organization, game theory, experimental economics, and public choice economics, and can also be incorporated into political science courses.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
JEL Classification: A22, C22, C90, D21, L1working papers series
Date posted: February 8, 2007
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