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Private Regulation by Platform Operators – Implications for Usage Intensity

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  • Claussen, Jörg
  • Kretschmer, Tobias
  • Mayrhofer, Philip

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Platforms operators act as private regulators to increase usage and maximize profits. Their goals depend on the development of the platform: overcoming the chicken-egg problem early on requires attracting platform participants while quality becomes more important later on. Private regulators influence third-party business models, entry barriers, and usage intensity. We analyze how drivers of usage intensity on Facebook’s application platform were affected by a policy change that increased quality incentives for applications. This change led to the number of installations of each application becoming less important, applications in more concentrated sub-markets achieving higher usage, and applications staying attractive for longer.

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  • Claussen, Jörg & Kretschmer, Tobias & Mayrhofer, Philip, 2010. "Private Regulation by Platform Operators – Implications for Usage Intensity," Discussion Papers in Business Administration 11374, University of Munich, Munich School of Management.
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    Keywords

    private regulation multi-sided platforms usage intensity;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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