Structural Analysis of Nonlinear Pricing

Author(s): Yao Luo, Isabelle Perrigne, and Quang Vuong
Date: July 2014
Type: CRATE Working Papers, CRATE-2014-2
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Abstract

This paper proposes a methodology for analyzing nonlinear pricing data with an illustration on cellular phone. The model incorporates consumers exclusion. Assuming a known tariff, we establish identification of the model primitives using the first-order conditions of both the firm and the consumer up to a cost parameterization. Next, we propose a new one-step quantile-based nonparametric method to estimate the consumers inverse demand and their type distribution. We show that our nonparametric √N-consistent. We then introduce unobserved product heterogeneity with an unknown tariff. We show how our identification and estimation results extend. Our analysis of cellular phone consumption data assesses the performance of alternative pricing strategies relative to nonlinear pricing.