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Compatibility, Standardization, and Network Effects: Some Policy Implications

Neil Gandal

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 18, issue 1, pages 80-91
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/18.1.80
Compatibility, Standardization, and Network Effects: Some Policy Implications

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Given the dramatic growth of the Internet and information‐technology industries in general, and the importance of interconnection in these networks, the economics of compatibility and standardization has become mainstream economics. In this paper, I examine several key policy aspects of standard setting in industries with network effects.

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