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Multihoming and compatibility

  • Toker Doganoglu

    (University of Munich)

  • Julian Wright


    (National University of Singapore)

This paper analyzes the consequences of multihoming on private and social incentives for compatibility. Multihoming occurs in our model when consumers buy from both of two competing firms so as to capture network benefits. We address whether the ability of consumers to multihome means policymakers do not need to worry about compatibility between ‘networks’.

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Paper provided by National University of Singapore, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number wp0314.

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Date of creation: Dec 2003
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Handle: RePEc:nus:nusewp:wp0314
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