Pricing web 2.0 related services: Peer production

Yung-Ming Li*, Yi Lin Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Peer production has played an important role in the economics of Web 2.0 related services. User participation and contribution become the main driving dynamics of this new economic paradigm, significantly different from traditional firm-based or market-based production. However, the quality of peer production based service is uncertain, and highly related to not only the level of individual contribution but also the network externality of these contributions. To address and resolve this issue, in this paper, we propose an analytical model based on the concepts of peer contribution and quality warranty to study the pricing strategy of the increasingly emerging Web 2.0 related services. Best quality strategy under monopolistic market is found in our research. And under duopolistic market, one of the providers may provide higher quality than he advertises is also an important finding. Several implications have been discussed to help clarify the progress of peer production, and hints for peer production service providers are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEC 2007
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Electronic Commerce
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 14 Dec 2007
EventProceedings of the ninth international conference - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: 19 Aug 200722 Aug 2007

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceProceedings of the ninth international conference
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Competition
  • Information goods
  • Peer production
  • Pricing strategy
  • Quality warranty
  • Web 2.0

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