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Public Policy in Network Industries

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This paper discusses how antitrust law and regulatory rules should be applied to network industries. In assessing the application of antitrust in network industries, we analyze a number of relevant features of network industries and the way in which antitrust law and regulatory rules can affect them. These relevant features include (among others) network effects, market structure, market share and profits inequality, choice of technical standards, relationship between the number of active firms and social benefits, existence of market power, leveraging of market power in complementary markets, and innovation races. We find that there are often significant differences on the effects of application of antitrust law in network and non-network industries.

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Paper provided by NET Institute in its series Working Papers with number 06-01.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
Date of revision: Sep 2006
Handle: RePEc:net:wpaper:0601

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Keywords: networks; network effects; public policy; antitrust; telecommunications; technical standards; lock-in; net neutrality; Internet; Microsoft; Trinko;

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  1. Athanasopoulos, Thanos, 2014. "Compatibility, Intellectual Property, Innovation and Efficiency in Durable Goods Markets with Network Effects," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 1043, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  2. Ingo Vogelsang, 2013. "The Endgame of Telecommunications Policy? A Survey," CESifo Working Paper Series 4545, CESifo Group Munich.

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