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Digital Data, Platforms and the Usual [Antitrust] Suspects: Network Effects, Switching Costs, Essential Facility

Authors
  • Tucker, Catherine1
  • 1 MIT Sloan School of Management, 100 Main St., Cambridge, MA, 02142, USA , Cambridge (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Review of Industrial Organization
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Feb 13, 2019
Volume
54
Issue
4
Pages
683–694
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11151-019-09693-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

This paper asks whether the large amounts of digital data that are typically observed on large technology platforms—such as Google, Facebook, Uber and Amazon—typically give rise to structural conditions that would lead to antitrust concerns. In particular, I evaluate whether digital data augments or decreases concerns with regard to network effects and switching costs. I also evaluate whether data should be thought of as an ‘essential facility’.

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