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As the cost of storing, sharing, and analyzing data has decreased, economic activity has become increasingly digital. But while the effects of digital technology and improved digital communication have been explored in a variety of contexts, the impact on economic activityandmdash;from consumer and entrepreneurial behavior to the ways in which governments determine policyandmdash;is less well understood.

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Economics of Digitization explores the economic impact of digitization, with each chapter identifying a promising new area of research. The Internet is one of the key drivers of growth in digital communication, and the first set of chapters discusses basic supply-and-demand factors related to access. Later chapters discuss new opportunities and challenges created by digital technology and describe some of the most pressing policy issues. As digital technologies continue to gain in momentum and importance, it has become clear that digitization has features that do not fit well into traditional economic models. This suggests a need for a better understanding of the impact of digital technology on economic activity, and Economic Analysis of the Digital Economy brings together leading scholars to explore this emerging area of research.

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Discussion of the policy aspects of new communications technologies and their associated institutions.

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The limitations of new technologies are often not inherent in the technologies themselves but the result of regulatory or economic constraints. While the capability may exist to deliver any information anywhere in the world, many people lack the money to pay for it, the equipment to access it, the skills to use it, or even the knowledge that it might be useful to them. This book examines the complex ways in which communication technologies and policies affect the people whose lives they are intended to improve. The areas of discussion include Internet regulation, electronic voting and petitioning, monopoly and competition in communications markets, the future of wireless communications, and the concept of universal service.

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There is a small and growing literature that explores the impact of digitization in a variety of contexts, but its economic consequences, surprisingly, remain poorly understood. This volume aims to set the agenda for research in the economics of digitization, with each chapter identifying a promising area of research. Economics of Digitization identifies urgent topics with research already underway that warrant further exploration from economists. In addition to the growing importance of digitization itself, digital technologies have some features that suggest that many well-studied economic models may not apply and, indeed, so many aspects of the digital economy throw normal economics in a loop. Economics of Digitization will be one of the first to focus on the economic implications of digitization and to bring together leading scholars in the economics of digitization to explore emerging research.

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andlt;Pandgt;New technologies, although developed with optimism, often fall short of their predicted potential and create new problems. Communications technologies are no different. Their utopian proponents claim that universal access to advanced communications technologies can help to feed the hungry, cure the sick, educate the illiterate, improve the global standard of living, and ultimately bring about world peace. The sobering reality is that while communications technologies have a role to play in making the world a better place, the impact of any specific technological advance is likely to be modest.The limitations of new technologies are often not inherent in the technologies themselves but the result of regulatory or economic constraints. While the capability may exist to deliver any information anywhere in the world, many people lack the money to pay for it, the equipment to access it, the skills to use it, or even the knowledge that it might be useful to them. This book examines the complex ways in which communication technologies and policies affect the people whose lives they are intended to improve. The areas of discussion include Internet regulation, electronic voting and petitioning, monopoly and competition in communications markets, the future of wireless communications, and the concept of universal service.andlt;/Pandgt;

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New technologies, although developed with optimism, often fall short of their predicted potential and create new problems. Communications technologies are no different. Their utopian proponents claim that universal access to advanced communications technologies can help to feed the hungry, cure the sick, educate the illiterate, improve the global standard of living, and ultimately bring about world peace. The sobering reality is that while communications technologies have a role to play in making the world a better place, the impact of any specific technological advance is likely to be modest.

About the Author

Lorrie Faith Cranor is a Principal Technical Staff Member in the Secure Systems Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research.Shane Greenstein is Elinor and Wendall Hobbs Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Avi Goldfarb, Shane M. Greenstein, and Catherine E. Tucker

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I. Internet Supply and Demand

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1. Modularity and the Evolution of the Internet

Timothy Simcoe

Comment: Timothy F. Bresnahan

2. What Are We Not Doing When We Are Online?

Scott Wallsten

Comment: Chris Forman

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II. Digitization, Economic Frictions, and New Markets

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3. The Future of Prediction: How Google Searches Foreshadow Housing Prices and Sales

Lynn Wu and Erik Brynjolfsson

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4. Bayesian Variable Selection for Nowcasting Economic Time Series

Steven L. Scott and Hal R. Varian

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5. Searching for Physical and Digital Media: The Evolution of Platforms for Finding Books

Michael R. Baye, Babur De los Santos, and Matthijs R. Wildenbeest

Comment: Marc Rysman

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6. Ideology and Online News

Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse M. Shapiro

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7. Measuring the Effects of Advertising: The Digital Frontier

Randall Lewis, Justin M. Rao, and David H. Reiley

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8. Digitization and the Contract Labor Market: A Research Agenda

Ajay Agrawal, John Horton, Nicola Lacetera, and Elizabeth Lyons

Comment: Christopher Stanton

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9. Some Economics of Private Digital Currency

Joshua S. Gans and Hanna Halaburda

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III. Government Policy and Digitization

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10. Estimation of Treatment Effects from Combined Data: Identification versus Data Security

Tatiana Komarova, Denis Nekipelov, and Evgeny Yakovlev

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11. Information Lost: Will the and#8220;Paradiseand#8221; that Information Promises, to Both Consumer and Firm, be and#8220;Lostand#8221; on Account of Data Breaches? The Epic is Playing Out

Catherine L. Mann

Comment: Amalia R. Miller

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12. Copyright and the Profitability of Authorship: Evidence from Payments to Writers in the Romantic Period

Megan MacGarvie and Petra Moser

Comment: Koleman Strumpf

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13. Understanding Media Markets in the Digital

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262033008
Editor:
Cranor, Lorrie Faith
Editor:
Greenstein, Shane M.
Editor:
Cranor, Lorrie Faith
Editor:
Greenstein, Shane M.
Author:
Greenstein, Shane
Author:
Goldfarb, Avi
Author:
Cranor, Lorrie Faith
Author:
Greenstein, Shane M.
Author:
Research Conference on Information Commu
Author:
Tucker, Catherine E.
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Telecommunications
Subject:
Networking - General
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
Information Theory
Subject:
Telecommunication policy
Subject:
Communications-Telephony
Subject:
Economics - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report
Series Volume:
107-363
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 illus.
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
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"Synopsis" by , Discussion of the policy aspects of new communications technologies and their associated institutions.
"Synopsis" by , The limitations of new technologies are often not inherent in the technologies themselves but the result of regulatory or economic constraints. While the capability may exist to deliver any information anywhere in the world, many people lack the money to pay for it, the equipment to access it, the skills to use it, or even the knowledge that it might be useful to them. This book examines the complex ways in which communication technologies and policies affect the people whose lives they are intended to improve. The areas of discussion include Internet regulation, electronic voting and petitioning, monopoly and competition in communications markets, the future of wireless communications, and the concept of universal service.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;Discussion of the policy aspects of new communications technologies and their associated institutions.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by ,
There is a small and growing literature that explores the impact of digitization in a variety of contexts, but its economic consequences, surprisingly, remain poorly understood. This volume aims to set the agenda for research in the economics of digitization, with each chapter identifying a promising area of research. Economics of Digitization identifies urgent topics with research already underway that warrant further exploration from economists. In addition to the growing importance of digitization itself, digital technologies have some features that suggest that many well-studied economic models may not apply and, indeed, so many aspects of the digital economy throw normal economics in a loop. Economics of Digitization will be one of the first to focus on the economic implications of digitization and to bring together leading scholars in the economics of digitization to explore emerging research.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;New technologies, although developed with optimism, often fall short of their predicted potential and create new problems. Communications technologies are no different. Their utopian proponents claim that universal access to advanced communications technologies can help to feed the hungry, cure the sick, educate the illiterate, improve the global standard of living, and ultimately bring about world peace. The sobering reality is that while communications technologies have a role to play in making the world a better place, the impact of any specific technological advance is likely to be modest.The limitations of new technologies are often not inherent in the technologies themselves but the result of regulatory or economic constraints. While the capability may exist to deliver any information anywhere in the world, many people lack the money to pay for it, the equipment to access it, the skills to use it, or even the knowledge that it might be useful to them. This book examines the complex ways in which communication technologies and policies affect the people whose lives they are intended to improve. The areas of discussion include Internet regulation, electronic voting and petitioning, monopoly and competition in communications markets, the future of wireless communications, and the concept of universal service.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , New technologies, although developed with optimism, often fall short of their predicted potential and create new problems. Communications technologies are no different. Their utopian proponents claim that universal access to advanced communications technologies can help to feed the hungry, cure the sick, educate the illiterate, improve the global standard of living, and ultimately bring about world peace. The sobering reality is that while communications technologies have a role to play in making the world a better place, the impact of any specific technological advance is likely to be modest.
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