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Platform competition, compatibility, and social efficiency

  • Casadesus-Masanell, Ramon

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    (Harvard Business Scholl)

  • Ruiz-Aliseda, Francisco

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Katz and Shapiro (1985) study systems compatibility in settings with one-sided platforms and direct network externalities. We consider systems compatibility in settings with two-sided platforms and indirect network externalities to develop an explanation why markets with two-sided platforms are often characterized by incompatibility with one dominant player who may subsidize access to one side of the market. We find that incompatibility gives rise to asymmetric equilibria with a dominant platform that earns more than under compatibility. We also find that incompatibility generates larger total welfare than compatibility when horizontal differences between platforms are small.

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Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/798.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: 17 Jun 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0798
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