Competing with Complementors: An Empirical Look at Amazon.com∗

@inproceedings{Zhu2015CompetingWC,
  title={Competing with Complementors: An Empirical Look at Amazon.com∗},
  author={Feng Zhu and Q. Liu and J. Alcacer and S. Greenstein and Steve Herbert and Jerry Kane and G. Pisano and H. Schneider and A. Smith},
  year={2015}
}
Platform owners sometimes enter complementors’ product spaces to compete against them directly. Prior studies have offered two possible explanations for such entries: Platform owners may target the most successful complementors so as to appropriate value from their innovations, or they may target poor performing complementors to improve the platforms’ overall quality. Using data from Amazon.com, we analyze the patterns of Amazon’s entries into its third-party sellers’ product spaces. We find… Expand
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