The Consensus Among Economists on Multisided Platforms and the Implications for Excluding Evidence That Ignores It

David Evans, Jun 13, 2013

Multisided platforms create value by bringing two or more different types of economic agents together and facilitating interactions between them that make all agents better off. These platforms play critical roles in many economically important industries. There is considerable material on this subject; Richard Schmalensee and I have provided a survey of the economics literature on multisided platform literature, as of 2012, with particular emphasis on antitrust applications.

This note draws out some of the implications of that literature for the reliability of e…

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