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Networks in Telecommunications: Economics and Law Paperback – June 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521673860 ISBN-10: 0521673860 Edition: 1st

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"Setting the terms and conditions at which competitors gain access to another firm's network is today's key regulatory issue in many sectors. The authors' technically innovative approach and their deep grasp of market economics present a major challenge to current thinking, which has to be confronted." - Martin Cave, Director, Centre for Management under Regulation, University of Warwick

"Spulber and Yoo have made a signal contribution to the burgeoning literature on network industries. Their ability to carry the analysis forward from the fundamentals of graph theory to the complex legal issues that surround the development of modern communications law offers a soup-to-nuts treatment of immense value to economists, lawyers, and policy makers of all stripes. By showing the extensive role of markets in these complex environments, Spulber and Yoo may help reverse the creeping trend toward overregulation captured in such misleading phrases as network neutrality." - Richard Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, and Director, Law and Economics Program, University of Chicago

"For a technologist who tries to operate in the policy and legal space, this book provides a painless and deep introduction to the economic and legal underpinnings of the network domain. It accomplishes this task in a manner that provides a comfortable mathematical and descriptive exploration that can be easily understood and appreciated. I can strongly recommend this book to my colleagues who find the normal descriptions of law and economics to be as confusing to a technologist as most technical books are to a lawyer and economist." - David Farber, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

"Come explore the frontiers of law and economics for telecommunications with Professors Spulber and Yoo. A must-read for issues ranging from access pricing to network neutrality." - Harold Furchtgott-Roth, President, Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises, and former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

"Spulber and Yoo provide a provocative and innovative perspective on pricing in network industries. By opening the black box of networks, the authors provide important new insights for researchers and policy makers alike. Superb exposition renders sophisticated discussions broadly accessible. A must-read!" - David Sappington, Director, Public Policy Research Center, University of Florida

"This challenging book provides an important advance in the legal and economic analysis of networks. It convincingly critiques the failure of regulatory policy to consider networks as integrated and interactive systems and sets out a thought-provoking framework for understanding the economic interactions among the components of a given network structure. This is a valuable contribution for network scholars and policy makers alike." - Howard Shelanski, Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, University of California at Berkeley

"The authors brilliantly succeed in providing novel insights into the complexity of telecommunications networks. They use an intuitive and illustrative approach well accessible to nontechnical readers. Many counterintuitive examples show interferences of access regulation and competition with efficient network planning. The insights are highly relevant for academics, practitioners, and regulators. The analysis suggests that regulators may want to proceed carefully and that more research on the economic effects of network topologies will be a fruitful undertaking." - Ingo Vogelsang, Boston University

"Spulber and Yoo's major contribution is to demonstrate quite simply, but clearly, how network efficiency and capacity can be disrupted if the network owner loses control over traffic flows.... it will prove to be a useful resource for regulatory economists and for lawyers bent on challenging ambitious regulators." - Robert W. Crandall, The Brookings Institution, Journal of Economic Literature

Book Description

Networks in Telecommunications explores the economic and legal implications of network access in terms of both antitrust and regulation. The book documents a shift in regulatory policy in network industries from rate regulation to mandated access, as exemplified by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521673860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521673860
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel F. Spulber is the Elinor Hobbs Distinguished Professor of International Business and Professor of Management Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where he has taught since 1990. He is also Professor of Law at the Northwestern University Law School (Courtesy). He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1979 and his M.A. in economics in 1976 from Northwestern University and his B.A. in economics in 1974 from the University of Michigan. Spulber has taught at Brown University, the University of Southern California, and the California Institute of Technology.

Spulber has received eight National Science Foundation grants, three Searle Fund Grants , and two Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Grants for economic research. Spulber is the founding editor of the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Spulber is the founder of Kellogg's International Business & Markets Program. Spulber's research is in the areas of International Economics, Industrial Organization, Microeconomic Theory, Management Strategy, and Law. He has published numerous journal articles in economics journals and law reviews, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, Rand Journal of Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Columbia Law Review, New York University Law Review, Harvard Journal on Law and Public Policy, Journal of Competition Law & Economics, and Yale Journal on Regulation.

Spulber is the author of twelve books: The Theory of the Firm: Microeconomics with Endogenous Entrepreneurs, Firms, Markets, and Organizations, 2009, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Economics & Management of Competitive Strategy, 2009, New Jersey: World Scientific Press, Networks in Telecommunications: Economics and Law with Christopher Yoo, 2009, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Global Competitive Strategy, 2007, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Management Strategy, 2004, McGraw Hill; Famous Fables of Economics: Myths of Market Failures, edited, 2002, Blackwell Publishing; Market Microstructure: Intermediaries and the Theory of the Firm 1999, Cambridge University Press; The Market Makers: How Leading Companies Create and Win Markets, 1998, McGraw-Hill/ Business Week Books; Deregulatory Takings and the Regulatory Contract: The Competitive Transformation of Network Industries in the United States with J. Gregory Sidak, 1997, Cambridge University Press; Protecting Competition from the Postal Monopoly with J. Gregory Sidak, 1996, American Enterprise Institute; Regulation and Markets, 1989, M.I.T. Press; and Essays in the Economics of Renewable Resources, edited with Leonard J. Mirman, 1982, Elsevier-North Holland.

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By Do-hoon Kim on February 11, 2013
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it's good. little bit out-dated though. those kinds of subjects are not common in this area of research. so.. i like it.
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