Telecommunication Economics and International Regulatory Policy: An Annotated Bibliography

Telecommunication Economics and International Regulatory Policy: An Annotated Bibliography

Telecommunication Economics and International Regulatory Policy: An Annotated Bibliography

Telecommunication Economics and International Regulatory Policy: An Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

Recent work in the field of telecommunication economics, with particluar emphasis on its international regulatory aspects, is the focus of the present volume, which assembles an annotated bibliography of nearly four hundred authoritative and up-to-date books and articles on more than fifteen related topics.

Excerpt

This annotated bibliography is a natural outgrowth of our professional activities and collaboration since the mid-1970s. Marcellus Snow has researched, written, consulted, and taught extensively in the economic subdisciplines of regulation and industrial organization with a particular interest in the telecommunications sectors of industrialized countries. Communications satellite systems have been an area of special concentration within that sector. Meheroo Jussawalla, also an economist, has devoted her professional efforts to information economics, the economics of development, and international trade in information, again with a telecommunications concentration, albeit more on the macroeconomic side. We feel that these diverse but closely related perspectives complement each other quite well. Due largely to this complementarity (we are tempted to call it an economy of scope) we believe that the present collection of references is both sufficiently inclusive and exclusive to cover the subject areas suggested by its title.

The criteria of selection might best be described as follows: we have aimed for comprehensive coverage of references dealing with both telecommunications and regulatory economics, particularly those with an international focus. We have selectively included books and articles emphasizing one of these areas but not the other. For example, a number of entries in Chapters 1 through 6, comprising Part 1, address primarily economic issues with only occasional reference to telecommunications. By contrast, Part 2, containing Chapters 7 through 11, deals with various aspects of telecommunications, sometimes without an explicitly economic setting. in Part 3, consisting of Chapters 12 through 16, we have pursued a synthesis of both areas with an emphasis on issues, policy, and research agendas for the future.

This volume appears at a time that is appropriate and opportune not only for us, but also for economics in general and regulatory economics and telecommunications in particular. Regulation has gained renewed prominence and salience in the our profession since the early 1970s, when economists and reasoned economic analysis began to wield impressive influence in federal and state regulatory bodies in the United States. Likewise, the telecommunications industry, over a period dating back to the mid-1960s, has proven itself a vibrant and resilient sector in all economies of the industrialized world. Its impact is far out of proportion to its direct share of national economic output since it . . .

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