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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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Article provided by Springer & The Industrial Organization Society in its journal Review of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 46 (2015)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 287-306

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:46:y:2015:i:3:p:287-306
DOI: 10.1007/s11151-015-9460-5
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