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Platform Pricing Structure and Moral Hazard

Roger, G and Vasconcelos, LI (2014) 'Platform Pricing Structure and Moral Hazard.' Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 23 (3). pp. 527-547. ISSN 1058-6407


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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, whereas (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: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 15:20
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:24

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