Fixed vs. Usage-Based Pricing: Choice of Pricing Schemes and Optimal Profit Allocation in the Online Content Industry

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Oh, Jungsuk

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College of Business Administration (경영대학)
Seoul Journal of Business, Vol.13 No.2, pp. 3-33
fixed pricingusage-based pricingprofit sharing rule
One of the core debates of the online economy has been whether a

fixed, one-time access fee or a usage-dependent fee would yield greater

return for each player of the online economy. This paper develops a

simple model of the online economy consisting of a single Content

Provider (CP) and a single Network Provider (NP) in order to provide an

insight to this issue.

Three characteristics related to the type of content are identified as

major determinants of level of demand; marginal utility of a unit content

consumption for the marginal consumer, concavity of utility functions,

and denseness of type distribution. Higher utility of consumption,

coupled with less dense type distribution, leads to price insensitivity of

the demand function in terms of number of subscribers. However, a

highly concave utility function is required for price insensitivity of

consumer consumption amount. These content characteristics need to

be considered in designing an optimal pricing strategy for an online


A numerical example illustrates that all fixed pricing might not be

optimal, not only for the purpose of social welfare maximization, but

also for the purpose of consumers surplus maximization. It also

highlights the importance of the profit sharing rule in order for a price

alliance to be reached.
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College of Business Administration/Business School (경영대학/대학원)Dept. of Business Administration (경영학과)Seoul Journal of Business (SJB)Seoul Journal of Business Volume 13, Number 1/2 (2007)
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