Net neutrality: A simple goal with some difficult implementation ahead

Joshua Gans 11 June 2014

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Net neutrality has a simple goal – to ensure that consumers face an undistorted choice in choosing where to devote their attention on the Internet. The rationale for that goal is to ensure a ‘level playing field’ for those who provide content, applications, or anything else via the Internet.

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Topics:  Competition policy Industrial organisation Microeconomic regulation

Tags:  US, technology, market power, regulation, internet, price discrimination, net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission

Pop artists can earn more by pricing tickets smartly

Pascal Courty, Mario Pagliero 04 February 2009

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When performing artists hit the road on tour, they have a very good reason for putting up with life away from home and gruelling schedules – performing for local audiences is profitable. In 1997-1998, the not-so-young Rolling Stones travelled 25 countries with their Bridges to Babylon Tour, performing 108 shows in front of 4 million people and earning over $100 million in revenue. Connolly and Krueger (2006) point out that the majority of pop artists earn most of their income from concert tours, and concert prices increased throughout the 90’s, along with artist revenues.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  price discrimination, music industry, concerts