Evolutionary Consumers Imply Monopolies Exit

14 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2018

Date Written: November 2018


We address the question of how a monopolist should price when facing evolutionary consumers who gradually move in the direction of following their optimal strategy but may make temporary suboptimal choices. We show that under a broad generalization of the most commonly used model of evolution, the monopolist will set a path of prices such that all consumers eventually stop purchasing the monopolist's product.

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Hummel, Patrick and McAfee, Randolph Preston, Evolutionary Consumers Imply Monopolies Exit (November 2018). International Economic Review, Vol. 59, Issue 4, pp. 1733-1746, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3283995 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iere.12318

Patrick Hummel (Contact Author)

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Randolph Preston McAfee

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