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Compatibility, Interoperability, and Market Power in Upgrade Markets

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  • James J. Anton
  • Gary Biglaiser

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We examine the market power of a seller who repeatedly offers upgraded versions of a product. In the case of pure monopoly, the seller also controls compatibility across versions. In the case of an entrant who offers an upgrade, the incumbent seller also controls subsequent interoperability across versions. We argue that control of compatibility and interoperability does not allow an incumbent seller to charge a price premium relative to when such control is absent and, consequently, neither is a necessary source of market power.

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Paper provided by Duke University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10-31.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:duk:dukeec:10-31

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Keywords: Upgrade markets; Compatibility; Standards; Interoperability; Innovation;

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  1. Anton, James J. & Biglaiser, Gary, 2013. "Quality, upgrades and equilibrium in a dynamic monopoly market," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 148(3), pages 1179-1212.

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