Price Discrimination Subject to Capacity Constraints

This exercise shows you how to determine the profit-maximizing prices and quantities for a firm that wants to engage in third-degree price discrimination but operates with a capacity constraint. Suppose that the demand curve in market segment 1 is Q1 = 200 – 2P1 and the demand curve in market segment 2 is Q2 = 250 – P2. The marginal cost of selling in each market segment is $10 per unit. The firm’s overall capacity is 150 units.


What are the profit-maximizing quantities and prices in each market segment?


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