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Information Goods vs. Industrial Goods: Cost Structure and Competition

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  • Roy Jones

    () (Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14627)

  • Haim Mendelson

    () (Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305)

Abstract

We study markets for information goods and find that they differ significantly from markets for traditional industrial goods. Markets for information goods in which products are vertically differentiated lack the segmentation inherent in markets for industrial goods. As a result, a monopoly will offer only a single product. Competition leads to highly concentrated information-good markets, with the leading firm behaving almost like a monopoly even with free entry and without network effects. We study how the structure of the firms' cost functions drives our results. This paper was accepted by Barrie R. Nault, information systems.

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  • Roy Jones & Haim Mendelson, 2011. "Information Goods vs. Industrial Goods: Cost Structure and Competition," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 57(1), pages 164-176, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:57:y:2011:i:1:p:164-176
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