Manipulating Interface Standards as an Anti-Competitive Strategy

STANDARDS AND PUBLIC POLICY, S. Greenstein and V. Stango, eds., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming

Posted: 8 Apr 2007

Abstract

The creation of interface standards enables competition at the level of components, rather than competition in complete systems. Consumers often benefit from component competition. However, the standard-setting process might be manipulated to achieve anticompetitive ends. We consider the conditions under which a standards consortium could impose anticompetitive burdens on the market, and several strategies such a consortium might employ to achieve anti-competitive objectives. We present a new strategy - one-way standards - and discuss the conditions under which it can be anticompetitive.

Suggested Citation

MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey K. and Netz, Janet S., Manipulating Interface Standards as an Anti-Competitive Strategy. STANDARDS AND PUBLIC POLICY, S. Greenstein and V. Stango, eds., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=978068

Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason (Contact Author)

UC Berkeley ( email )

102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
United States

HOME PAGE: http://jeff-mason.com

University of Michigan ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1092
United States

HOME PAGE: http://http:/jeff-mason.com/

Janet S. Netz

ApplEcon, LLC ( email )

617 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
United States
(734) 213-1930 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.applecon.com

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