The Basic Economics of Internet Infrastructure
AbstractThe internet's structure and operations remain invisible to most economists. What determines the economic value of internet infrastructure and the incentives to improve it? What are the open research questions for the most salient policy issues? This article reviews the basic economics of internet infrastructure, focusing attention on the economic questions motivated by public aspirations for ubiquitous availability and widespread adoption of internet protocols.
CitationGreenstein, Shane. 2020. "The Basic Economics of Internet Infrastructure." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 34 (2): 192-214. DOI: 10.1257/jep.34.2.192
- L86 Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
- L88 Industry Studies: Services: Government Policy
- L96 Telecommunications
- L98 Industry Studies: Utilities and Transportation: Government Policy