Politics 2.0: Short-run and long-run effects of broadband internet on political participation

Francesco Sobbrio, Ruben Durante, Filipe R Campante, 12 June 2013



The internet has dramatically transformed the way individuals obtain, produce, and exchange information. There is a widespread belief that such a revolution is likely to have a profound impact on various dimensions of social life, not least on politics. In particular, deep transformations have been predicted for the ability to organise collective action.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Politics and economics
Tags: internet

Can trade policy set information free?

Susan Ariel Aaronson, 22 December 2012



 Although the internet is creating a virtuous circle of expanding global growth, opportunity, and information flows (Lendle et al. 2012), policymakers and market actors are taking steps that undermine access to information, reduce freedom of expression and splinter the internet (Herald 2012).

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, International trade
Tags: globalisation, internet, technology, trade

The next productivity revolution: The ‘industrial internet’

Marco Annunziata, 7 December 2012



The largest advanced economies are struggling with weak growth prospects and daunting fiscal challenges. Looking at the macroeconomic equation, there is no easy way out. Looking at the microeconomic level, however, suggests that it is innovation that might come to the rescue.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: global crisis, industrial internet, internet, jobs

Unbundling the incumbent: Evidence from UK broadband

Mattia Nardotto, Tommaso Valletti , Frank Verboven, 25 November 2012



Like other communication networks, broadband is seen as a main driver of economic activity and growth (Czernich et al. 2011). The potential benefits of broadband are considerable, but so are its rollout costs. Large, sunk infrastructure investments also create market power. Thus the telecom industry has traditionally been subject to some form of regulation.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Industrial organisation, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: broadband, internet, local exchanges, local loop unbundling, regulation

Taking advantage of the vast amount of data generated on the internet

Liran Einav, Theresa Kuchler, Jonathan Levin, Neel Sundaresan, 18 September 2011



Since the early days of the internet, it has been clear that the vast and detailed data being collected in online markets would provide opportunities to study consumer behaviour, to test theories of competition and market structure, and to analyse the effects of changes in search costs, product variety, and market organisation, all in relatively structured environments.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: eBay, internet, retail

Search advertising

Federico Etro, 11 June 2011



The European Commission’s investigation of Google is focusing a lot of attention on search advertising. Another interested party in this area is the academic community, particularly theoretical and empirical economic researchers (see for example Athey and Ellinson 2011).

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: Google, internet, search advertising

E-commerce and the market structure of retail industries

Chad Syverson, 25 July 2010



E-commerce accounts for hundreds of billions of dollars in sales annually in the US and in Europe, and that figure is growing rapidly. The price effects of internet shopping, and e-commerce in general, have received a lot of research attention (see for example Brynjolfsson and Smith 2000, Scott Morton et al. 2001, Brown and Goolsbee 2002, Baye et al. 2007, and Ellison and Ellison 2009).

Topics: Competition policy, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: E-commerce, internet, market structure, retail

Crowding out in a neutral Internet

Gernot Pehnelt, 6 April 2009



After months of controversial debate on the new telecom package, the Commission, the Council, and the Parliament of the EU now seem to be close to a compromise.

Topics: Productivity and Innovation
Tags: internet, net neutrality, telecoms

How does access regulation affect broadband penetration?

Jan Bouckaert, Theon van Dijk, Frank Verboven, 19 December 2008



The evolution of broadband penetration has shown substantial regional differences, both between and within OECD countries. Are these differences mainly due to external circumstances such as the level of development or geographic and demographic conditions?

Topics: Competition policy, Europe's nations and regions
Tags: Belgium, Herfindahl indices, internet

Designing internet auctions

Paul Milgrom interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 5 Dec 2008

Paul Milgrom of Stanford University talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the application of auction theory, focusing particularly on the world’s most frequently used auction – the sponsored-search auction employed by many internet search engines. The interview was recorded at the annual congress of the European Economic Association in Budapest in August 2007.


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Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: auctions, internet, sponsored-search auction

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