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Estimating network effects in two-sided markets without data on prices and quantities

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I develop a semi-structural approach to identify network effects on two-sided monopoly platforms without data on prices and quantities. When total revenue data is available, the test is sufficient. When separate revenue data is available on the two sides, the test is both necessary and sufficient.

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  • Hildebrand, Thomas, 2012. "Estimating network effects in two-sided markets without data on prices and quantities," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(3), pages 585-588.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:3:p:585-588
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.07.036
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    1. Gold, Alex & Hogendorn, Christiaan, 2016. "Tipping in two-sided markets with asymmetric platforms," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 85-90.

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    Keywords

    Two-sided markets; Network effects; Semi-structural model;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior

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