Dynamic Mixed Duopoly: A Model Motivated by Linux vs. Windows

TitleDynamic Mixed Duopoly: A Model Motivated by Linux vs. Windows
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsCasadesus-Masanell, R
Date PublishedSeptember

This paper analyzes a dynamic mixed duopoly in which a profit-maximizing competitor interacts with a competitor that prices at zero (or marginal cost), with the cumulation of output affecting their relative positions over time. The modeling effort is motivated by interactions between Linux, an open-source operating system, and Microsofts Windows in the computer server segment, and consequently emphasizes demand-side learning effects that generate dynamic scale economies (or network externalities). Analytical characterizations of the equilibrium under such conditions are offered, and some comparative static and welfare effects are examined.

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