Competition and privacy in online markets: Evidence from the mobile app industry

Reinhold Kesler, Michael E. Kummer, Patrick Schulte

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Abstract

Several major countries are planning profound regulatory changes to address growing concerns related to market power and data collection in digital markets. We construct a panel data set that allows us to observe data collection by more than 1.5 million mobile applications over two years. We use a novel network-based approach to define several thousand submarkets on Google's Play Store and characterize apps' competitive environments. We are the first to document a robust positive relationship between market concentration and data collection. Our results inform the ongoing policy debate about privacy and competition between antitrust authorities, policymakers, and the public.

Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020

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Conference80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period7/08/2011/08/20

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