Price Discrimination

OECD Competition Papers, 2016

52 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2019

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Chris Pike

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Competition Policy; Fideres Partners LLP

Date Written: October 1, 2016


In recent years the scope for near perfect price discrimination, particularly in the digital economy, appears to have grown. This raises a question over how those jurisdictions in which exploitative price discrimination is an offence will respond. In contrast, the risk of price discrimination distorting downstream markets does not appear to have changed, and instead the debate has been on whether the rules and case law have an economic basis, and if not, how agencies might prioritise cases. In this paper, we set out the benefits of price discrimination as well as the concerns over its potential exploitative, distortionary, and exclusionary effects and describe analytical frameworks for assessing these, as well as possible remedies. We distinguish these cases from those investigations where there is a different policy rationale, such as fairness or another policy goal.

Keywords: price discrimination, abuse of dominance, competition, exploitative, exclusionary

JEL Classification: L40, L50

Suggested Citation

Pike, Chris and Pike, Chris, Price Discrimination (October 1, 2016). OECD Competition Papers, 2016, Available at SSRN: or

Chris Pike (Contact Author)

Fideres Partners LLP ( email )

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Competition Policy ( email )

Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR47TJ
United Kingdom

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