Firms engage in foggy pricing when the menu of tariff options aims at profiting from consumer mistakes. The analysis of this paper concludes that the transition from monopoly to competition in the early U.S. cellular telephone industry does not foster the use of such deceptive strategies. I offer three possible measures to account for the fogginess of the menu of options offered by cellular carriers. All results are robust to the existence of uncertainty regarding future consumption at the time of choosing a particular tariff option, as well as to consumers' heterogeneity with respect to cellular telephone usage.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||American Economic Journal: Microeconomics|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2013|