Journal Article

Two-sided Markets and Electronic Intermediaries

Bruno Jullien

in CESifo Economic Studies

Volume 51, issue 2-3, pages 233-260
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 1610-241X
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1612-7501 | DOI:
Two-sided Markets and Electronic Intermediaries

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The object of this paper is to discuss intermediation on-line from the perspective of two-sided markets. It builds a simple model of the intermediation activity when trading partners are involved into a commercial relationship and uses it to illustrate some of the results that emerge in the two-sided market literature, as well as to discuss some new aspects. The first part concentrates on a monopoly intermediation service and discusses both efficient pricing and monopoly pricing. The second part discusses the nature of competition between intermediaries, addressing issues such as competitive cross-subsidies, multi-homing or tying. (JEL D4, D85, L40, L12, L13, L14)

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Subjects: Public Economics

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