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Platform Pricing Structure and Moral Hazard

Roger, G and Vasconcelos, LI (2013) Platform Pricing Structure and Moral Hazard. UNSPECIFIED. University of Essex, Department of Economics, Economics Discussion Papers, Colchester.

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Abstract

We study pricing by a two-sided platform when it faces moral hazard on the sellers? side. In doing so, we introduce an equilibrium notion of platform reputation in an infinite horizon model. We find that with transaction fees only, the platform cannot eliminate the loss of reputation induced by moral hazard. If registration fees can be levied, moral hazard can be overcome. The registration fee determines the participation threshold of sellers and extracts them, while (lower) transaction fees provide incentives for good behavior. This provides a motivation for platforms to use registration fees in addition to transaction fees.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 18:06
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10006

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