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On the Problem of Network Monopoly

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  • Jolian McHardy

    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Michael Reynolds
  • Stephen Trotter

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We introduce a new regulatory concept: the independent profit-maximising agent, as a model for regulating a network monopoly. The agent sets prices on cross-network goods taking either a complete, or arbitrarily small, share of the associated profit. We examine welfare and profits with and without each agent type under both network monopoly and network duopoly. We show that splitting up the network monopoly (creating network duopoly) may be inferior for both firm(s) and society compared with a network monopoly "regulated" by an agent and that society always prefers any of the four agent regimes over network monopoly and network duopoly.

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  • Jolian McHardy & Michael Reynolds & Stephen Trotter, 2009. "On the Problem of Network Monopoly," Working Papers 2009003, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2009003
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    Keywords

    Network; Monopoly; Agent;
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    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy

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