Researcher ORCID Identifier
Pomona College, Economics (Pomona)
Multimarket contact, Telecommunications, Internet, Broadband, Product quality, L13, L15, L96
I investigate the effect of competition on quality in the internet service provision industry: I examine both local competition within markets and multimarket contact among firms across markets. This industry offers an ideal setting, as quality is both objective and measurable. I use data from speedtest.net from 2008 to 2014 to estimate a reduced-form model of the effects of local competition and multimarket contact on realized consumer download speeds. I find that increased multimarket contact leads to decreased download speeds, which is consistent with the mutual forbearance hypothesis. I also find that duopolies lead to faster download speeds than do monopolies, but that further increases in the number of competitors decrease speeds.
© 2023 Kyle Wilson
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Wilson, Kyle, "Local Competition, Multimarket Contact, and Product Quality: Evidence From Internet Service Provision" (2023). Pomona Faculty Publications and Research. 499.