Public Policy in Network Industries
AbstractThis 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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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
Date of revision: Sep 2006
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networks; network effects; public policy; antitrust; telecommunications; technical standards; lock-in; net neutrality; Internet; Microsoft; Trinko;
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- L4 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies
- L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy
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- NEP-COM-2006-11-12 (Industrial Competition)
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