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Title: Regulating Platforms as Utilities? A Business Model Perspective

Author(s): Tobias Kretschmer and Sven Werner

Publication Date: May 2021


Programme Area(s): Organizational Economics

Abstract: Current discussions about how to regulate platforms revolve around the extent to which existing frameworks can and should be applied to modern-day platform firms and business models. We outline and explain the economic and strategic features of platforms, and compare and contrast them to utility industries often considered structurally similar. We will then outline the manner in which these industries have been regulated and the rules for regulatory intervention and assess how these approaches and others currently being discussed are likely to affect competition and innovation on modern-day platforms.

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Kretschmer, T and Werner, S. 2021. 'Regulating Platforms as Utilities? A Business Model Perspective'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.