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A note on price regulation in two-sided markets

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  • Dennis Weisman

    () (Kansas State University)

  • Soheil Nadimi

    () (Kansas State University)

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This paper examines price level regulation in two-sided markets with linear demands. We find that (i) price level regulation increases the price allocation asymmetry when reservation prices differ between the two sides of the market; and (ii) changes in the level of the price cap are divided equally between the two sides of the market whether demands are symmetric or asymmetric. Finally, and potentially important from a policy perspective, the numerical simulations suggest that the efficiency gains from price level regulation are relatively modest for a wide range of cost parameters.

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  • Dennis Weisman & Soheil Nadimi, 2019. "A note on price regulation in two-sided markets," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 39(4), pages 2766-2777.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-19-00694
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    Keywords

    two-sided markets; price allocations; regulation; efficiency;
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    JEL classification:

    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy
    • L9 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities

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