Economics Of Information / Edition 2

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Designed for those with little or no prior experience in economics, Kingma's popular and highly acclaimed text clearly presents the fundamentals that users need to develop basic skills for simple cost-benefit analyses of goods and services. It provides students, librarians, and information professionals with a useful introduction to economics and cost-benefit analysis, and it helps them make better financial and management decisions. The book covers cost analysis of information goods and services, benefit analysis, information as a public good, information externalities, intellectual property and monopolies, uncertainty and risk, pricing information, opportunity costs, access versus ownership, and the economics of the Internet and digital libraries. Kingma's clear explanations of economic terms and models are illustrated with examples from library services and information markets-interlibrary loan, reference services, digitization projects, book and journal publishing, newspapers, photocopying services, computer software, and more. In this edition, new research and current examples of economic principles have been incorporated, and there is a new chapter on Internet economics and digital libraries.

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Editorial Reviews

An introduction to economic issues associated with information management, for library managers and librarians, and for students in M.L.S. and M.I.S. degree programs. Presents the fundamentals of economic analysis, describes the concept of market failure, and demonstrates the tools and applications of cost-benefit analysis. Explains basic economic concepts, focusing on information goods and services and the application of economics to information markets. Includes chapter summaries and questions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563088162
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2001
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE R. KINGMA is Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Costs 9
Ch. 3 Benefits 29
Ch. 4 Markets 45
Ch. 5 Information as a Public Good 57
Ch. 6 Externalities 65
Ch. 7 Monopolies 75
Ch. 8 Uncertainty and Risk 89
Ch. 9 Commodity or Public Good 103
Ch. 10 Pricing 113
Ch. 11 Time 127
Ch. 12 Resource Sharing 141
Ch. 13 The Costs and Benefits of Digital Information 151
Ch. 14 Network Economics 161
Bibliography 167
Index 175
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