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Optimal Market Structure in the Mobile Industry

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  • Jeanjean, François
  • Houngbonon, Georges Vivien

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The optimal market structure in the mobile industry is an important topic in the mobile industry. In this paper, we use two theoretical frameworks and a structural estimation approach to assess the effects of market structure on consumer surplus in symmetric mobile markets. When mobile services are viewed as homogeneous products under Cournot competition, we find that consumer surplus falls with the number of operators. However, when mobile services are considered as differentiated products under Salop competition, we find an inverted-U relationship between consumer surplus and the number of mobile operators. These findings call for a case-by-case analysis of the optimal market structure in the mobile industry.

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  • Jeanjean, François & Houngbonon, Georges Vivien, 2016. "Optimal Market Structure in the Mobile Industry," 27th European Regional ITS Conference, Cambridge (UK) 2016 148678, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
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    Keywords

    Market structure; Investment; Mobile Telecommunications;
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    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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