Chicken & Egg: Competition among Intermediation Service Providers
Bernard Caillaud () and
Bruno Jullien ()
RAND Journal of Economics, 2003, vol. 34, issue 2, 309-28
We analyze a model of imperfect price competition between intermediation service providers. We insist on features that are relevant for informational intermediation via the Internet: the presence of indirect network externalities, the possibility of using the nonexclusive services of several intermediaries, and the widespread practice of price discrimination based on users' identity and on usage. Efficient market structures emerge in equilibrium, as well as some specific form of inefficient structures. Intermediaries have incentives to propose non-exclusive services, as this moderates competition and allows them to exert market power. We analyze in detail the pricing and business strategies followed by intermediation services providers. Copyright 2003 by the RAND Corporation.
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (255) Track citations by RSS feed
There are no downloads for this item, see the EconPapers FAQ for hints about obtaining it.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:rje:randje:v:34:y:2003:i:2:p:309-28
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
https://editorialexp ... i-bin/rje_online.cgi
Access Statistics for this article
More articles in RAND Journal of Economics from The RAND Corporation
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().