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Exclusionary Pricing in a Two-Sided Market

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  • Motta, Massimo
  • Vasconcelos, Helder

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In this paper we provide a new way of modelling two-sided markets, and we then use this model to study anti-competitive conduct in an asymmetric two-sided market which captures the main features of some recent antitrust cases. We show that below-cost pricing on one market side can allow an incumbent firm to exclude a more efficient rival which does not have a customer base yet. This exclusionary behaviour is the more likely to occur the more mature the market and the stronger the established customer base of the incumbent.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 9164.

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Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:9164

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Keywords: Demand externalities; Predation; Two-sided markets;

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  1. David S. Evans & Richard Schmalensee, 2013. "The Antitrust Analysis of Multi-Sided Platform Businesses," NBER Working Papers 18783, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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