Spectrum Policy and the Evolution of the Wireless Internet: Some Thoughts on Where Economists Agree and Disagree

12 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2013

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Robert W. Hahn

Technology Policy Institute; University of Oxford, Smith School

Peter Passell

Milken Institute

Date Written: March 25, 2013

Abstract

This essay briefly reviews public policies for spectrum use, distinguishing among them by whether economists agree on their value and why. Such policies could have a large impact on the development of the Internet and the pace of technological change in the wireless industry. We conclude that economists agree on many aspects of spectrum policy, but substantive disagreements remain on some important issues — notably on using spectrum policy as a tool for addressing potential sources of inefficiency in the wireless market.

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Robert W. and Passell, Peter, Spectrum Policy and the Evolution of the Wireless Internet: Some Thoughts on Where Economists Agree and Disagree (March 25, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2239613 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2239613

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