We provide a road map to the burgeoning literature on two-sided markets and present new results. We identify two-sided markets with markets in which the structure, and not only the level of prices charged by platforms, matters. The failure of the Coase theorem is necessary but not sufficient for two-sidedness. We build a model integrating usage and membership externalities that unifies two hitherto disparate strands of the literature emphasizing either form of externality, and obtain new results on the mix of membership and usage charges when price setting or bargaining determine payments between end-users.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||RAND Journal of Economics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics