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Handbook of Media Economics, vol 1B - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444636850, 9780444636898

Handbook of Media Economics, vol 1B, Volume 1B

1st Edition

Editors: Simon Anderson Joel Waldfogel David Stromberg
eBook ISBN: 9780444636898
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444636850
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 3rd December 2015
Page Count: 256
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Table of Contents

I: Media Market Structure and Performance

1. Preference Externalities in Media Markets. Simon Anderson and Joel Waldfogel

2. Advertising Finance and Two Sided Business Models. Simon Anderson and Bruno Jullien

3. Empirics of Media Markets. Steven Berry and Joel Waldfogel

4. Economics of Advertising. Regis Renault

5. Audience Behavior and Ad Response. Ken Wilbur

6. Merger Policy and Regulation in Media Industries. Oystein Foros, Hans Jarle Kind and Lars Sorgard

II: Sectors

7. Television. Mark Armstrong and Greg Crawford

8. Radio. Andrew Sweeting

9. Newspapers and Magazines. Chandra Ambarish and Ulrich Kaiser

10. Media Economics of the Internet. Martin Peitz and Markus Reisinger

11. Privacy and the Internet. Catherine Tucker

12. User-Generated Content. Michael Luca

III: The Political Economy of Mass Media

13. Media Coverage and Influence on Government. David Stromberg

14. Media Bias in the Marketplace: Theory. Daniel Stone, Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro

15. Media Bias in the Marketplace: Empirics. Riccardo Puglisi and James M. Snyder

16. Government Influence on Media: Theory. Andrea Prat

17. Government Influence on Media: Empirics. Ruben Enikolopov and Maria Petrova

18. The Role of Media in Finance. Paul Tetlock

19. Media and Social and Economic Outcome. Stefano Della Vigna and Eliana La Ferrara


Handbook of Media Economics provides valuable information on a unique field that has its own theories, evidence, and policies. Understanding the media is important for society, and while new technologies are altering the media, they are also affecting our understanding of their economics.

The book spans the large scope of media economics, simultaneously offering in-depth analysis of particular topics, including the economics of why media are important, how media work (including financing sources, institutional settings, and regulation), what determines media content (including media bias), and the effects of new technologies. The book provides a powerful introduction for those interested in starting research in media economics.

Key Features

  • Helps academic and non-academic economists understand recent rapid changes in theoretical and empirical advances, in structural empirical methods, and in the media industry's connection with the democratic process
  • Presents the only detailed summary of media economics that emphasizes political economy, merger policy, and competition policy
  • Pays special attention to the economic influences of the Internet, including developments in social media, user-generated content, and advertising, as well as the Internet's effects on newspapers, radio, and television


Graduate students and professors worldwide studying media economics, as well as those working in industrial organization and microeconomics. Non-academic economists worldwide working in regulation and competition policy


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"This Handbook provides a very useful overview of the economic literature on the media, a literature that has grown tremendously in the last few decades. Now we will have one single place to go when in need of accessing state-of the-art knowledge in this research area. It is particularly welcome that the editors have collected surveys both across the various media industries and across the main market-structure and political-economy issues." --Tore Nilssen, University of Oslo

"At last the long-awaited handbook on the economics of media!  Despite 15 years of high quality research, the field has suffered from the lack of systematic and comprehensive presentation.  This handbook not only illustrates the basic economic forces shaping traditional and new media markets but also analyses the relationship between media markets and politics. I plan to use it in my graduate and doctoral courses.  It will also help academics considering new research in the field." --Lapo Filistrucchi, University of Florence

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About the Editors

Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson is Commonwealth Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. He has published on advertising, search and information, price dispersion, media economics, and industrial organization.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Virginia

Joel Waldfogel

Joel Waldfogel is Frederick R. Kappell Chair in Applied Economics. Previously the Ehrenkranz Family Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, he has conducted empirical studies of price advertising, media markets, and issues related to digital products.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Minnesota

David Stromberg

A Professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies, David Stromberg is also a Research Affiliate in the Public Policy Program at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He has published on the influence exerted by media on public policy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Stockholm University