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The Economics of Digital Business Models: A Framework for Analyzing the Economics of Platforms


  • Brousseau Eric

    () (Université de Paris X & IUF)

  • Penard Thierry

    (Université de Rennes & Marsouin)


The paper proposes an analytical framework for comparing different business models for producing information goods and digital services. It is based on three dimensions that also refer to contrasted literature: the economics of matching, the economics of assembling and the economics of knowledge management. Our framework attempts to identify the principal trade-offs at the core of choices among alternative digital business models, and to compare them in terms of competitiveness and efficiency. It also highlights the role played by users in the production of information goods and competition with pure suppliers.

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  • Brousseau Eric & Penard Thierry, 2007. "The Economics of Digital Business Models: A Framework for Analyzing the Economics of Platforms," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 6(2), pages 1-34, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:6:y:2007:i:2:n:2

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