Price Discrimination in the Subscription Market for Economics Journals

38 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2012

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Yuqing Zheng

University of Kentucky - College of Agriculture - Department of Agricultural Economics

Harry M. Kaiser

Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management

Date Written: November 5, 2012

Abstract

We examine what factors affect the degree of price discrimination for an academic journal by analyzing data on 190 of the 208 economics journals indexed in the 2008 edition of Journal Citation Reports. We find that (1) the library-to-individual price ratio of a for-profit journal is 37% higher than that of a comparable non-profit journal because the price premium of a for-profit journal in the library market is disproportionately larger than that in the individual market, (2) journals with higher citations per page or impact factor are more price discriminatory, and (3) Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell practice the highest degree of price discrimination of all publishers.

Keywords: Economics journals, Elsevier, Price discrimination, Wiley-Blackwell

JEL Classification: L86, C21, Z00

Suggested Citation

Zheng, Yuqing and Kaiser, Harry M., Price Discrimination in the Subscription Market for Economics Journals (November 5, 2012). Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 79, No. 2, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2171261

Yuqing Zheng (Contact Author)

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Harry M. Kaiser

Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

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