Geng Publishes Regulation and Pricing Research in Journal of International Economics

Difei Geng
Difei Geng

Difei Geng, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the Walton College, has had his paper “International Effects of National Regulations: External Reference Pricing and Price Controls” accepted for publication in the Journal of International Economics.

He co-authored the research with Kamal Saggi, dean of social sciences in the College of Arts and Science and the Frances and John Downing Family Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University.

Geng holds a Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt University, a master of arts degree in economics from both Southern Methodist University and Nankai University and a bachelor of arts in economics from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics.

From the paper’s abstract:

“Under external reference pricing (ERP) the price that a government permits a firm to charge in its market depends upon the firm’s prices in other countries. In a two-country (home and foreign) model where demand is asymmetric across countries, we show that home’s unilaterally optimal ERP policy permits the home firm to engage in a threshold level of international price discrimination above which it is (just) willing to export. If the firm faces a price control abroad or bargains over price with the foreign government, an ERP policy can even yield higher home welfare than a direct price control.”