Economics of Privacy

HANDBOOK OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ECONOMICS, Terry Hendershott, ed., Elsevier, June 2005

54 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2005

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Kai-Lung Hui

National University of Singapore (NUS) - School of Computing

Ivan P. L. Png

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Abstract

This chapter reviews economic analyses of privacy. We begin by scrutinizing the "free market" critique of privacy regulation. Welfare may be non-monotone in the quantity of information, hence there may be excessive incentive to collect information. This result applies to both non-productive and productive information. Over-investment is exacerbated to the extent that personal information is exploited across markets. Further, the "free market" critique does not apply to overt and covert collection of information that directly causes harm. We then review research on property rights and challenges in determining their optimal allocation. We conclude with insights from recent empirical research and directions for future research.

Keywords: Privacy

JEL Classification: D11, D18, D60, D82

Suggested Citation

Hui, Kai-Lung and Png, Ivan P. L., Economics of Privacy. HANDBOOK OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ECONOMICS, Terry Hendershott, ed., Elsevier, June 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=786846

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Ivan P. L. Png

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