The Antitrust Analysis of Multi-Sided Platform Businesses
David Evans () and
No 18783, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc
This Chapter provides a survey of the economics literature on multi-sided platforms with particular focus on competition policy issues, including market definition, mergers, monopolization, and coordinated behavior. It provides a survey of the general industrial organization theory of multi-sided platforms and then considers various issues concerning the application of antitrust analysis to multi-sided platform businesses. It shows that it is not possible to know whether standard economic models, often relied on for antitrust analysis, apply to multi-sided platforms without explicitly considering the existence of multiple customer groups with interdependent demand. It summarizes many theoretical and empirical papers that demonstrate that a number of results for single-sided firms, which are the focus of much of the applied antitrust economics literature, do not apply directly to multi-sided platforms.
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Published as David Evans and Richard Schmalensee The Oxford Handbook of International Antitrust Economics, Volume 1 Edited by Roger D. Blair and D. Daniel Sokol Print Publication Date: Dec 2014 Subject: Economics and Finance, Law and Economics, Industrial Organization
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