Professor Hao Qi, School of Economics of RUC, published paper on Cambridge Journal of Economics
(2022-10-17 21:10:09)

Recently, the paper entitled “Platform Power: Monopolisation and Financialisation in the Era of Big Tech” has been published online in the Cambridge Journal of Economics. It’s co-authored by Associate Professor Hao Qi (corresponding author) of the School of Economics of Renmin University of China (RUC) and Assistant Professor Zhongjin Li (first author) of the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


This paper addresses the questions of corporate power represented by digital platforms. We undertake a conceptual analysis of platform power so that it can provide an explanation of key motivations and behaviours for monopolisation in the platform economy. We argue that there emerges a hierarchical power structure in which platform companies relentlessly pursue power over users, and small platforms increasingly depend on big tech and financial capital. Drawing theoretical insights from the monopoly capital school and empirical evidence from platform companies in China, this paper further explores the macroeconomic implications of platform monopolisation and financialisation. It is demonstrated that the hierarchical power structure in the platform economy may increase income inequality, exacerbate overcapacity and generate financial instability

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