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Exclusion or efficient pricing? The "big deal" bundling of academic journals

  • Author(s): Edlin, Aaron S.
  • Rubinfeld, D L
  • et al.

Prices of academic journals have climbed enormously in the past two decades. This article explains the substantial barriers to entry that established journals enjoy. It points out that the Big Deal bundling that the large commercial publishers have adopted in the past few years creates a substantial additional strategic barrier to entry. We consider whether these bundling offers violate the antitrust laws and conclude that they may.

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