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Areeda–Turner in Two-Sided Markets

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  • Stefan Behringer

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  • Lapo Filistrucchi

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We extend the Areeda–Turner rule to two-sided markets. We show that a two-sided monopolist may find it short-run profit-maximizing to charge a price below marginal cost on one side of the market. Hence showing that the price is below marginal cost on one side of a two-sided market cannot be considered a sign of predation. We then argue for a two-sided Areeda–Turner rule that takes into account price-cost margins on both sides of the market. Two examples highlight that applying a one-sided Areeda–Turner rule may lead one to assess legitimate prices as predatory or to consider predatory prices as legitimate. Copyright The Author(s) 2015

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  • Stefan Behringer & Lapo Filistrucchi, 2015. "Areeda–Turner in Two-Sided Markets," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 46(3), pages 287-306, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:46:y:2015:i:3:p:287-306
    DOI: 10.1007/s11151-015-9460-5
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    1. Jeroen Hinloopen & Stephen Martin, 2015. "Introduction: 40 Years of Areeda–Turner," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 46(3), pages 205-207, May.

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    Keywords

    Daily newspapers; Market definition; Network effects; Predation; Two-sided markets; L12; L41; L82;

    JEL classification:

    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    • L41 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media

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