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Functional Degradation And Asymmetric Network Effects

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  • GERGELY CSORBA
  • JONG‐HEE HAHN

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In markets subject to network effects, firms often remove some functions of their original products and sell a functionally‐downgraded version at a lower or zero price. This paper aims to provide a pure network effect based explanation of such a practice. Building a functional degradation model with asymmetric network effects, we investigate when and why firms have incentives to introduce a functionally‐degraded good and discuss its welfare implication.

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  • Gergely Csorba & Jong‐Hee Hahn, 2006. "Functional Degradation And Asymmetric Network Effects," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(2), pages 253-268, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:54:y:2006:i:2:p:253-268
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6451.2006.00282.x
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