Get this from a library price discrimination in selling gas and electricity ralph k davidson. The university of chicago press books division chicago distribution center. In many examples of price discrimination consumers are charged different prices for a similar good in these examples consumers pay a premium for a slightly more expensive option for example premium unleaded petrol may cost the firm an extra 1p over standard unleaded but the firm may sell this premium unleaded at 5p. Between 1905 and 1915 as state price regulation became widespread electric utilities in the united states faced severe competition the primary source of electricity for industry then was not utilities but self generation by the user in an isolated plant davidson ralph k price discrimination in selling gas and electricity . Billionaires pay the same price for gas and electricity as other customers price discrimination is effective because it encourages an increase in the collective surplus but is unfair since the pockets of consumers are emptied to benefit the sellers shareholders
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