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Title:A survey of the economic role of software platforms in computer-based industries PDF Logo
Authors:Evans, David S.
Hagiu, Andrei
Schmalensee, Richard
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:CESifo working papers 1314
Abstract:Software platforms are a critical component of the computer systems underpinning leading? edge products ranging from third? generation mobile phones to video games. After describing some key economic features of computer systems and software platforms, the paper presents case studies of personal computers, video games, personal digital assistants, smart mobile phones, and digital content devices. It then compares several economic aspects of these businesses including their industry evolution, pricing structures, and degrees of integration.
Subjects:software platforms
hardware platforms
network effects
bundling
multi-sided markets
JEL:L15
L11
L86
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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