The idea that an incumbent supplier may tie two complementary products to fend off potential entrants is popular among practitioners vet is not fully understood in formal economic theory. This article makes sense of the argument by formally deriving a dynamic version of the old leverage doctrine. We show that when an incumbent monopolist faces the threat of entry in all complementary components, tying may make the prospects of successful entry less certain, discouraging rivals from investing and innovating. Tie-in sales may reduce consumer and total economic welfare.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics