Reference

Gary Biglaiser, Jacques Crémer, and Gergely Dobos, The value of switching costs, Journal of Economic Theory, vol. 148, n. 3, May 2013, pp. 935–952.

Abstract

We study a dynamic model with an incumbent monopolist and entry in every subsequent period. We first show that if all consumers have the same switching cost, then the intertemporal profits of the incumbent are the same as if there was only one period. We then study the consequences of heterogeneity of switching costs. We prove that even low switching cost customers have value for the incumbent: when there are more of them its profits increase as their presence hinders entrants who find it more costly to attract high switching cost customers.

Keywords

Switching cost; Dynamic competition; Incumbency; Entry;

JEL codes

  • D43: Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
  • L12: Monopoly • Monopolization Strategies
  • L13: Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
  • Replaces

    Gary Biglaiser, Jacques Crémer, and Gergely Dobos, The value of switching costs, TSE Working Paper, n. 10-142, February 3, 2010, revised October 30, 2012.