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On the Receiver-Pays Principle

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  • Doh-Shin Jeon

    ()
    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and CREA)

  • Jean-Jacques Laffont

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    (University of Toulouse (IDEI) and University of Southern California)

  • Jean Tirole

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    (University of Toulouse (IDEI), CERAS, and MIT)

Abstract

This article extends the theory of network competition by allowing receivers to derive a surplus from receiving calls and to affect the volume of communications by hanging up. We investigate how receiver charges affect internalization of the call externality. When the receiver charge and the termination charge are both regulated, there exists an efficient equilibrium. When reception charges are market determined, each network finds it optimal to set the prices for calling and reception at its off-net costs. The symmetric equilibrium is efficient for a proper choice of termination charge. Last, network-based price discrimination creates strong incentives for connectivity breakdowns.

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Article provided by The RAND Corporation in its journal RAND Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 35 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (Spring)
Pages: 85-110

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Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:35:y:2004:1:p:85-110

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