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Strategic data sales to competing firms

Detalles

Identificación
JRC nr: JRC126568
Fecha de publicación
4 diciembre 2021

Descripción

The unprecedented access of firms to consumer level data facilitates more precisely targeted individual pricing. We study the incentives of a data broker to sell data about a segment of the market to three competing firms. The segment only includes a share of the consumers in the market around one of the firms. Data are never sold exclusively. Despite the data are particularly tailored to the potential clientele of one of the firms, we show that the data broker has incentives to sell the list to its competitors. Such market outcome is not socially optimal, and a regulator that aims to maximise consumers and social welfare should consider mandating data sharing.

Authors:

DELBONO Flavio, REGGIANI Carlo, SANDRINI Luca

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