Fixed Costs and the Product Market Treatment of Preference Minorities

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Steven Berry; Alon Eizenberg; Joel Waldfogel;
(2014)
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It is well documented that, in the presence of substantial fixed costs, markets offer preference majorities more variety than preference minorities. This fact alone, however, does not demonstrate the market outcome is in any way biased against preference minorities. In ... View more
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