Thursday, May 6 2021
11:30 - 12:30

IMSc Webinar

Computing Prices for Target Profits in Contracts

Ghurumuruhan Ganesan


Webinar: join at Price discrimination for maximizing expected profit is a wellstudied concept in economics and there are various methods that achieve the maximum given the user type distribution and the budget constraints. In many applications, particularly with regards to engineering and computing, it is often the case than the user type distribution is unknown or not accurately known. In this paper, we therefore propose and study a mathematical framework for price discrimination with target profits under the contract-theoretic model. We first consider service providers with a given user type profile and determine sufficient conditions for achieving a target profit. Our proof is constructive in that it also provides a method to compute the quality-price tag menu. Next we consider a dual scenario where the offered service qualities are predetermined and describe an iterative method to obtain nominal demand values that best match the qualities offered by the service provider while achieving a target profit-user satisfaction margin. We also illustrate our methods with design examples in both cases.

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