Price-Quality Tradeoffs and Welfare Effects in Cable Television Markets

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Thomas Randolph Beard

Auburn University - Department of Economics

Robert B. Ekelund

Auburn University - Department of Economics

George S. Ford

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

Richard Saba

Auburn University - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 reduced restrictions oin the cable TV industry, providing completely deregulated rates in March 1999. In this paper, we develop a simple tradeoff between price and quality in order to calculate the welfare tradeoff to consumers of the provision of one additional satellite channel.

Keywords: Cable Television, Television, CATV, Price Regulation, Quality

JEL Classification: L5

Suggested Citation

Beard, Thomas Randolph and Ekelund, Robert B. and Ford, George S. and Saba, Richard, Price-Quality Tradeoffs and Welfare Effects in Cable Television Markets (2001). Journal of Regulatory Economics, Vol. 20, No. 2, p. 107, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1674543

Thomas Randolph Beard

Auburn University - Department of Economics ( email )

415 W. Magnolia
Auburn, AL 36849-5242
United States

Robert B. Ekelund

Auburn University - Department of Economics ( email )

415 W. Magnolia
Auburn, AL 36849-5242
United States
334-844-2929 (Phone)

George S. Ford (Contact Author)

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies ( email )

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Suite 440
Washington, DC 20015
United States

Richard Saba

Auburn University - Department of Economics ( email )

415 W. Magnolia
Auburn, AL 36849-5242
United States

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