Where's the Beef? Dissecting Spam's Purported Harms
18 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2004
Virtually everyone seems to agree that spam causes tremendous harm, but there is surprisingly little consensus on exactly what those harms are. This Essay examines various harms that spam purportedly causes to assess if the harm is real and if spam is treated dichotomously compared to other media communications. Based on this analysis, the Essay concludes that many harms purportedly caused by spam are not appropriate policy justifications for regulation.
Keywords: Spam, email, CAN-SPAM, junk mail, junk faxes, telemarketing
JEL Classification: L82, L96, K42
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