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Alan E. Wiseman, Economic Perspectives on the Internet (July 2000) (full-text) (prepared for the Federal Trade Commission).

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This report investigates the underlying economics of certain facets of the Internet. By examining recent literature addressing economic aspects of the Internet and electronic commerce, as well as more traditional literature on pricing practices and market structure, this report will serve as a roadmap of the current terrain in Internet-related economic matters, as well as a framework for future analysis.

The report covers five primary areas of inquiry.

  • The second section discusses different methods employed and theoretical models proposed for pricing user access to the Internet.
  • The fourth section examines the role of network externalities in the development of the Internet, and how such effects might affect firms' activities.

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