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Hedonic price indexes for spreadsheets and an empirical test of the network externalities hypothesis

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  • Neil Gandal

    (Tel Aviv University)

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In this paper, I first estimate hedonic price equations for computer spreadsheet programs, and then use the analysis to empirically test whether network externalities exist in this industry. The study shows that consumers are willing to pay a significant premium for spreadsheets that are compatible with the Lotus platform and for spreadsheets that offer links to external data bases, and a smaller premium for spreadsheets that offer local area network compatibility. These results support the hypothesis that the computer spreadsheet market exhibits network externalities. Finally, the quality-adjusted (real) price index of computer spreadsheets declined by approximately 15 percent per year from 1986-1991.

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  1. Church, Jeffrey & Gandal, Neil, 1993. "Complementary network externalities and technological adoption," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 11(2), pages 239-260, June.
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  7. Neil Gandal, 1993. "Hedonic price indexes for spreadsheets and an empirical test of the network externalities hypothesis," Industrial Organization 9309002, EconWPA.
  8. Gilbert, Richard J, 1992. "Symposium on Compatibility: Incentives and Market Structure," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(1), pages 1-8, March.
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  1. Gandal, N., 1992. "Hedonic Price Indexes for Spreadsheets and an Empirical Test of the Network Externalities Hypothesis," Papers 18-92, Tel Aviv.
  2. Onderstal, A.M., 2002. "Auctions for Extra Capacity in an Oligopolistic Market with Network Effects," Discussion Paper 2002-33, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.

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