Market structure, Regulation and the Speed of Mobile Network Penetration

Li, Yan and Lyons, Bruce (2011) Market structure, Regulation and the Speed of Mobile Network Penetration. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED.

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The speed of market penetration (i.e. diffusion) is an important summary measure of how well the market works for potential consumers of a new product. This paper identifies the structural features associated with rapid diffusion of mobile telephony. We use a sample of thirty countries over the sixteen years in which average penetration rose from 2% to 97% of the population (earlier studies observed only the initial years of diffusion during which there was typically only one or two networks). We find a non-monotonic effect of market structure, with three firms maximising consumer uptake. Privatization and independent regulation are also important positive factors. Further results show that the market structure effect works only partially through the level of prices.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Industrial Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Depositing User: Bruce Lyons
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 14:31
Last Modified: 24 May 2023 05:33


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