42 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 2, 2017
Price conspiracies appear endemic in many markets. This paper conjectures that low expected returns from product innovation can affect price collusion in certain markets. This conjecture is tested---and supported---by both archival and experimental data. In particular, average market prices in low innovation experiments are significantly greater than those in high innovation, but otherwise identical experiments, because price collusion is more successful in the low innovation experiments.
Keywords: Price Collusion, Product Innovation, Antitrust, Experimental Economics
JEL Classification: L410, L100, O330, C920
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Smyth, Andrew, How Product Innovation Can Affect Price Collusion (August 2, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3012572