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The Economics of Information Technology : An Introduction - Hal R. Varian

The Economics of Information Technology

An Introduction


Published: 23rd December 2004
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The Economics of Information Technology is a concise and accessible review of some of the important economic factors affecting information technology industries. These industries are characterized by high fixed costs and low marginal costs of production, large switching costs for users, and strong network effects. These factors combine to produce some unique behavior. The book consists of two parts. In the first part, Professor Varian outlines the basic economics of these industries. In the second part, Professors Farrell and Shapiro describe the impact of these factors on competition policy. The clarity of the analysis and exposition makes this an ideal introduction for undergraduate and graduate students in economics, business strategy, law and related areas.

Competition and Market Power
Technology and market structure
Intellectual property
The Internet boom
Differentiation of products and prices
Switching costs and lock-in
Supply-side economies of scale
Demand-side economies of scale
Systems effects
Computer mediated transactions
Intellectual Property, Competition and Information Technology
Patents, trade secrets and copyrights
Differentiation of products and prices
Switching costs and lock-in
Standards and patents
Do we need to reform the patent system?
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ISBN: 9780521844154
ISBN-10: 0521844150
Series: Raffaele Mattioli Lectures
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 116
Published: 23rd December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.26