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Tuesday, May 3 • 4:30pm - 4:50pm
Does standards competition affect mobile average revenue per user? An econometric analysis

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This paper aims to address the differential effect of intra-standard and inter-standard competition on the prices of mobile telecommunication services, specifically in 3G and beyond. It is hypothesized that inter-standard competition will lower price over time after controlling for per capita GDP, preference diversity, and mobile teledensity. A fixed effects model was estimated using the least squares dummy variable (LSDV) method to empirically test the association, using ARPU as a proxy for price. The findings were inconclusive because though the direction of the effect suggested that standards competition might be reducing prices, it was not significant. Strong time trends in the data and hedging strategies, in which companies deploy multiple standards, might account for the observed weak effects.


Krishna Jayakar

Pennsylvania State University

Eun-A Park

University of New Haven

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Gregory Lowe

University of Tampere
Gregory Ferrell Lowe (Ph.D. 1992, University of Texas at Austin) is Professor of Media Management at the University of Tampere in Finland. He designed the curriculum for this international graduate studies program and previously worked as Senior Advisor in Corporate Strategy and Development... Read More →

Tuesday May 3, 2016 4:30pm - 4:50pm EDT
Room 407 Law School
  Economics & Policy
  • Manuscript # 1023
  • Session # A34