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Economics (ECON)

ECON 455W Economics of the Internet (3) Economics of the Internet; electronic commerce and network economics; pricing issues; intellectual property.

ECON 455W Economics of the Internet (3)

The Internet has become an important part of the economy in the United States and worldwide. Often we think of the information available on the Internet as a free good, much like the air we breathe. However, the Internet is an active marketplace with unique characteristics. Internet access providers sell keywords and advertising space by means of special auction and exchange mechanisms. Intellectual property is an important and evolving concept within the Internet, especially given its worldwide application.

This course is an applied microeconomics course and will seek to provide students with the analytical methods of both the theoretical and empirical analysis of the economics of the Internet. The course will count toward both the major and minor in economics. This proposal is part of a broader curriculum overhaul to 400-level economics courses. The Economics Department seeks to provide students with a series of advanced seminar courses in each of seven broad fields in the discipline; this is a course in the field of applied microeconomics.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: ECON 402 orECON 444

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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