J Ind Compet Trade https://doi.org/10.1007/s10842-018-0282-7 1 2 Barna Bako´ · Daniel ´ Fatay ´ Received: 3 November 2017 / Revised: 1 May 2018 / Accepted: 17 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract In this article we analyze asymmetric two-sided markets. Two types of agents are assumed to interact with each other and we assume that agents of one type derive utility from inter-group interactions, while the other type of agents benefit from intra-group rather than from inter-group interactions as it is assumed in the standard symmetric two-sided markets model. First, we consider a monopoly platform, then we analyze competing platforms, both with single-homing and multi-homing abilities. Keywords Two-sided markets · Network effect · Platform competition · Single-homing · Multi-homing JEL Classification D4 · L1 · L4 · L5 1 Introduction According to Rochet and Tirole (2003) many markets with network externalities are two- sided markets. In general, these markets are characterized with two distinct sides that benefit from being able to interact with each other through a common platform. Good examples abound from credit cards, computer operating systems and video game consoles to job recruitment agencies and dating sites. The core concept
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Published: May 28, 2018
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