Network competition: I. Overview and nondiscriminatory pricing

Jean Jacques Laffont*, Patrick Rey, Jean Tirole

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    We develop a model of unregulated competition between interconnected networks and analyze the mature and transition phases of the industry in this deregulated environment. Networks pay (negotiated or regulated) access charges to each other and compete in prices for customers. We show that a competitive equilibrium may fail to exist for large access charges or for large network substitutability, and that freely negotiated access charges may prevent effective competition in the mature phase of the industry and erect barriers to entry in the transition toward competition. Last, we examine the meaning and impact of policies such as the efficient component pricing rule.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-37
    Number of pages37
    JournalRAND Journal of Economics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1998

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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