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Durable Goods Monopoly with Network Externalities with Application to the PC Operating Systems Market

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  • Economides, N.

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We analyze a model of multi-period monopoly in durable goods. Taking into consideration the special conditions of software markets, we assume that there are no used software markets and that manufacturers stop selling older software when they introduce a replacement model. We show that nominal as well as discounted (real) prices decrease over time but are above costs, thereby violating the Coase conjecture.

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Paper provided by New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business- in its series New York University, Leonard N. Stern School Finance Department Working Paper Seires with number 99-17.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:nystfi:99-17

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Keywords: MONOPOLIES ; EXTERNALITIES ; MARKET STRUCTURE;

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  1. Katz, Michael L & Shapiro, Carl, 1986. "Technology Adoption in the Presence of Network Externalities," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 94(4), pages 822-41, August.
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