price leader

Price Leader

A company that sets a price for a product and whose market share and/or brand loyalty is so strong that other companies are compelled to match or beat the price. The company that first changes the price is said to show price leadership.
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price leader

a FIRM that establishes the market PRICE for a good or service and initiates price changes that are then followed by competing suppliers. Two kinds of price leader have been identified:
  1. DOMINANT FIRMS that are able to secure compliance to their prices by smaller rivals because of their powerful positions in the market;
  2. barometric price leaders whose price changes are accepted by other suppliers because of their recognized adeptness at establishing prices fully reflective of changing market conditions.

Price leader-follower relationships are a typical feature of OLIGOPOLY markets in coordinating price changes and tend to result in a strong degree of PRICE PARALLELISM. See PRICE LEADERSHIP.

Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005
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