Unpacking 3GPP Standards

Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Forthcoming

Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 18-09

53 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2018 Last revised: 4 Mar 2018

Date Written: January 31, 2018


This article describes a new database with detailed information on standardization procedures at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). 3GPP is the most relevant standard setting organization (SSO) in the field of mobile telecommunications. Empirical research on technology standards and SSOs has so far been limited by the scarcity of available data. The present database contains information on membership, meeting attendance, chairmanship, work items, contributions, and votes at 3GPP. This data sheds light on the technical complexity of standard development, and illustrates the importance of voluntary contributions from SSO members. The data allows addressing important policy questions regarding the regulation of voluntary SSOs and the role of standard-essential patents in standardization.

Keywords: standard-setting organizations, technology standards, innovation, mobile telecommunications

JEL Classification: L15, O31

Suggested Citation

Baron, Justus and Gupta, Kirti, Unpacking 3GPP Standards (January 31, 2018). Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Forthcoming, Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 18-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3119112

Justus Baron (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Center on Law, Business, and Economics ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

HOME PAGE: http://justusbaron.org/

Kirti Gupta

Qualcomm, Inc. ( email )

5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
United States

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