A Two-Sided Market Analysis of Provider Investment Incentives with an Application to the Net-Neutrality Issue
AbstractWe address whether local ISPs should be allowed to charge content providers, who derive advertising revenue, for the right to access end-users. We compare two-sided pricing where such charges are allowed to one-sided pricing where they are prohibited. By deriving provider equilibrium actions (prices and investments), we determine which regime is welfare-superior as a function of a few key parameters. We find that two-sided pricing is more favorable when the ratio between parameters characterizing advertising rates and end-user price sensitivity is either low or high.
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Volume (Year): 8 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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