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Two-Sided Platforms With Endogenous Quality Differentiation

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  • María Fernanda Viecens

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In this paper we construct a simple model of platform price competition with two main novel features. First, platforms endogenously decide the quality of their `access service' and second, each group exhibits preferences not only about the number of agents in the opposite group, but also about their type or quality. Additionally, sellers also care about the type of agents in their own group. Our interest is to examine the set of conditions under which, in spite of the network externalities, more than one plaftorm coexist in equilibrium. We show that when quality is endogenously determined by the choices of agents these platforms could be asymmetric.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we061204.

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Date of creation: Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we061204

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