The Economics of the Internet: Infrastructure and Regulation

Posted: 22 Nov 2003

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Martin E. Cave

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School; Brunel University London

Robin A. Mason

University of Southampton - Division of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to inform users, regulators, and economists about the basic economics of the Internet, focusing on regulation of its infrastructure. It defines the Internet and describes its development and organization. It analyses the regulatory and competition issues associated with conveyance on the Internet. It then discusses three current puzzles of economic interest. While the article reaches several conclusions, the overall message is that much more work is needed in this area.

JEL Classification: L50, L86, L96

Suggested Citation

Cave, Martin E. and Mason, Robin, The Economics of the Internet: Infrastructure and Regulation. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=443442

Martin E. Cave (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

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Robin Mason

University of Southampton - Division of Economics ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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