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Economic FAQs About the Internet

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  • Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason

    (The University of Michigan)

  • Hal R. Varian

    (The University of California, Berkeley)

Abstract

This is a set of Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) about the economic, institutional, and technological structure of the Internet. We describe the history and current state of the Internet, discuss some of the pressing economic and regulatory problems, and speculate about future developments.

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  • Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason & Hal R. Varian, 1996. "Economic FAQs About the Internet," Industrial Organization 9606001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:9606001
    Note: Type of Document - PDF; prepared on Windows; to print on Postscript; pages: 28 ; figures: none. This is a recently re-edited but largely unchanged version of our 1995 paper. Various updates have been published in several places, including the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and soon in Internet Economics, eds. J. Bailey and L. McKnight, MIT Press
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    1. Mackie-Mason, J.K. & Varian, H.R., 1993. "Pricing the Internet," Memorandum 20/1993, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
    2. Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason & Liam Murphy & John Murphy, 1996. "The Role of Responsive Pricing in the Internet," Microeconomics 9606001, EconWPA.
    3. MacKie-Mason, J.K. & Varian, H.L., 1993. "Some Economists of the Internet," Papers 93-16, Michigan - Center for Research on Economic & Social Theory.
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    1. Paul Resnick & Christopher Avery & Richard Zeckhauser, 1999. "The Market for Evaluations," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 89(3), pages 564-584, June.
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    Keywords

    Internet; telecommunications; congestion pricing; National Information Infrastructure;

    JEL classification:

    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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