Competition and the Signaling Role of Prices

Fabrizio Adriani, Luca Deidda
2006 Social Science Research Network  
In a market where sellers are heterogeneous with respect of the quality of their good and are more informed than buyers, high quality sellers' chances to trade might depend on their ability to inform buyers about the quality of the goods they offer. We study how the strength of competition among sellers affects the ability of sellers of high quality goods to achieve communication by means of appropriate pricing decisions in the context of a market populated by a large number of strategic price
more » ... of strategic price setting sellers and a large number of buyers. When competition among sellers is weak high quality sellers are able to use prices as a signaling device and this enables them to trade. By contrast, strong competition among sellers inhibits the role of prices as signals of high quality, and high quality sellers are driven out of the market. Jel Codes: D4, D8, L15
doi:10.2139/ssrn.906833 fatcat:cxxor5eeujhqpel6lbpf7mdiim