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Digital Data, Platforms and the Usual [Antitrust] Suspects: Network Effects, Switching Costs, Essential Facility

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This paper asks whether the large amounts of digital data that are typically observed on large technology platforms—such as Google, Facebook, Uber and Amazon—typically give rise to structural conditions that would lead to antitrust concerns. In particular, I evaluate whether digital data augments or decreases concerns with regard to network effects and switching costs. I also evaluate whether data should be thought of as an ‘essential facility’.

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  • Catherine Tucker, 2019. "Digital Data, Platforms and the Usual [Antitrust] Suspects: Network Effects, Switching Costs, Essential Facility," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 54(4), pages 683-694, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:54:y:2019:i:4:d:10.1007_s11151-019-09693-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s11151-019-09693-7
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    1. Jon Frost, 2020. "The economic forces driving FinTech adoption across countries," DNB Working Papers 663, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
    2. Yiquan Gu & Leonardo Madio & Carlo Reggiani, 2019. "Exclusive Data, Price Manipulation and Market Leadership," CESifo Working Paper Series 7853, CESifo.

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