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Two-Sided Markets: A Tentative Survey

The Review of Network Economics

Vol. 4, Issue 2 - June 2005, pp 142 - 160



Author
  Roberto Roson
Department of Economics, Ca'Foscari University, Venice
E-mail: [email protected]

Abstract
  A recent literature, dealing with special markets characterized by bilateral network externalities, is summarized and critically assessed. Specific features of these markets, in terms of pricing principles and externalities, are discussed first. Afterwards, several issues related to competition between platforms are considered. Finally, implications for competition policy and prospects for future research are briefly discussed.

Keywords: two-sided markets, platform competition, network externalities, competition policy

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