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Title: "Manipulating Interface Standards As An Anti-Competitive Strategy"
Authors: Jeffrey K. MacKie Mason
Janet S. Netz
Source: Internet
Publication Date: February 2004
Free/Fee: Free Access
Reads: 1536
Abstract: The creation of interface standards enables competition at the level of components, rather than competition in complete systems. Consumers often benefit from component competition. However, the standard-setting process might be manipulated to achieve anticompetitive ends. We consider the conditions under which a standards consortium could impose anticompetitive burdens on the market, and several strategies such a consortium might employ to achieve anti-competitive objectives. We present a new strategy - one-way standards - and discuss the conditions under which it can be anticompetitive.
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