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Reputational concerns in online platform competition

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This paper examines online platforms' incentives to protect their users' privacy, when users value the latter and the platforms' incentives arise through purely reputational concerns. The main question addressed is whether the introduction of a competing platform will increase effort incentives, relative to the monopoly case. When revenue is linear in market share and users' utilities are given by the Hotelling specification, I find that effort is reduced in the duopoly equilibrium. This is b...

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SSD
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Economics
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ORCID:
0000-0002-1673-1161
Type of award:
MPhil
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Masters
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University of Oxford
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English
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2021-06-21

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