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Market Definition and Market Power in Payment Card Networks

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  • Emch Eric

    (U.S. Department of Justice)

  • Thompson T. Scott

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    (Bates White, LLC)

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    We discuss competition among payment card networks, and in particular how antitrust practitioners might approach questions of market definition and market power in these markets. Application of the hypothetical monopolist test to define markets, and the use of traditional metrics to measure market power, may be less straightforward for card networks than for many markets. The "two-sidedness" of the market does not, however, overturn the basic logic of the hypothetical monopolist test or traditional measurements of market power. We demonstrate some practical ways to apply these antitrust principles to competition among payment card networks.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Network Economics.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 1-16

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    Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:5:y:2006:i:1:n:4

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    Cited by:
    1. Lapo Filistrucchi & Damien Geradin & Eric van Damme, 2012. "Identifying Two-Sided Markets," Working Papers - Economics wp2012_01.rdf, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa.
    2. Jean-Charles Rochet, 2007. "Some economics of horizontal integration in the payments industry," Proceedings – Payments System Research Conferences, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
    3. Tosza, Katarzyna, 2009. "Payment Card Systems as an Example of two-sided Markets - a Challenge for Antitrust Authorities," MPRA Paper 23822, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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