Gary Biglaiser

Gary Biglaiser received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He is a Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was Assistant Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission from July 1997 to June 1998. He has wide-ranging research interests in applied microeconomic theory, with a concentration on industrial organization and regulation. His most recent research focuses on network effects and incumbency, dynamic platform competition, market intermediaries in setting with both moral hazard and adverse selection, dynamic contracting and exclusion, competition for a superior input, and consumer information acquisition when there is product differentiation.. His recent publications include papers in the American Economic Review, The RAND Journal of Economics, and American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. He is an editor at The RAND Journal of Economics.

User Hesitancy Increases Online Platforms’ Incumbency Advantage

“Incumbency advantage” among Big Tech platforms recognizes that network effects prevent users from leaving established platforms for emerging competitors. Gary Biglaiser, Jacques Crémer, and...

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