Competition Policy in Network Industries: An Introduction

30 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2004

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Nicholas Economides

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2004

Abstract

We discuss issues of the application of antitrust law and regulatory rules to network industries. In assessing the application of antitrust in network industries, we analyze a number of relevant features of network industries and the way in which antitrust law and regulatory rules can affect them. These relevant features include (among others) network effects, market structure, market share and profits inequality, choice of technical standards, relationship between the number of active firms and social benefits, existence of market power, leveraging of market power in complementary markets, and innovation races. We find that there are often significant differences on the effects of application of antitrust law in network and non-network industries.

Keywords: networks, network effects, public policy, antitrust, telecommunications, technical standards

JEL Classification: L4. L5

Suggested Citation

Economides, Nicholas, Competition Policy in Network Industries: An Introduction (June 2004). NET Institute Working Paper No. 04-24, NYU, Ctr for Law and Business Research Paper No. 03-10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=386626 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.386626

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