The Inefficiency of the Ecpr Yet Again: A Reply to Larson
18 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 1999
Date Written: February 1996
We extend the results of our article, "Access and Interconnection Pricing? How Efficient Is the 'Efficient Component Pricing Rule'?," Antitrust Bulletin (1995). In the presence of a monopolized essential input, we show that application of the Efficient Component Pricing Rule ("ECPR") in pricing this input to downstream competitors perpetuates monopoly distortions and high prices of final goods services. We show these results for various demand conditions, including conditions that are accepted to hold in the telecommunications sector. We also respond to various criticisms raised by A. Larson in "The Efficiency of the Efficient-Component-Pricing Rule: A Comment," Antitrust Bulletin, (this issue) (1998).
JEL Classification: L12, L96
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