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A Survey of the Economic Role of Software Platforms in Computer-Based Industries


David S. Evans


University of Chicago Law School; University College London; Global Economics Group

Richard Schmalensee


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Andrei Hagiu


Harvard Business School - Strategy Unit

October 2004

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1314

Abstract:     
Software platforms are a critical component of the computer systems, underpinning leading-edge products ranging from third-generation mobile phones to video games. After describing some key economic features of computer systems and software platforms, the paper presents case studies of personal computers, video games, personal digital assistants, smart mobile phones, and digital content devices. It then compares several economic aspects of these businesses including their industry evolution, pricing structures, and degrees of integration.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: software platforms, hardware platforms, network effects, bundling, multi-sided markets

JEL Classification: L11, L15, L8

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Date posted: November 13, 2004  

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Evans, David S. and Schmalensee, Richard and Hagiu, Andrei, A Survey of the Economic Role of Software Platforms in Computer-Based Industries (October 2004). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1314. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=618982

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David S. Evans (Contact Author)
University of Chicago Law School ( email )
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Andrei Hagiu
Harvard Business School - Strategy Unit ( email )
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617-496-6745 (Phone)
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