What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What Policy-makers Would Like Us to Know About the Economics of Copyright

20 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2012  

Ruth Towse

Bournemouth University - Business School

Date Written: December 31, 2011

Abstract

There are many gaps between what economists know and what they don’t know. This article reviews this situation in the light of what policy-makers say they want to know about the economic effects of copyright. The article sets out what I see as misunderstandings on the part of policy-makers as to what economics can offer in the way of evidence on copyright. The paper is based on my limited experience of advising and consulting as well as on reading calls for evidence in policy documents.

Suggested Citation

Towse, Ruth, What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What Policy-makers Would Like Us to Know About the Economics of Copyright (December 31, 2011). Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 101-120, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2024588

Ruth Towse (Contact Author)

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