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Economic Platforms: what they are, how they work and why they matter

Gustafsson, Anders LU (2011) NEKM02 20112
Department of Economics
Abstract
This essay investigates economic platforms, a subject that has received much attention in recent years. Platforms are firms or organizations which connect two parts, usually a seller and a buyer. Users sign up and pay for the service offered by the platform not because the platform itself is valuable but because of the information and connections it provides. Several theories about platform optimality and structure are presented along with a small survey of the importance of economic platforms in the current economy as well as case studies on the different markets in which economic platforms operate.
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author
Gustafsson, Anders LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKM02 20112
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
information, economic platforms, industrial organization
language
English
id
2174647
date added to LUP
2011-11-11 10:23:57
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2011-11-11 10:23:57
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  abstract     = {This essay investigates economic platforms, a subject that has received much attention in recent years. Platforms are firms or organizations which connect two parts, usually a seller and a buyer. Users sign up and pay for the service offered by the platform not because the platform itself is valuable but because of the information and connections it provides. Several theories about platform optimality and structure are presented along with a small survey of the importance of economic platforms in the current economy as well as case studies on the different markets in which economic platforms operate.},
  author       = {Gustafsson, Anders},
  keyword      = {information,economic platforms,industrial organization},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Economic Platforms: what they are, how they work and why they matter},
  year         = {2011},
}