Standards and Public Policyby Shane Greenstein
Pub. Date: 09/01/2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Technological standards are a cornerstone of the modern information economy, affecting firm strategy, market performance and, by extension, economic growth. While there is general agreement that swift movement to superior technological standards is a worthwhile goal, there is much less agreement on the central policy questions: do markets choose efficient
Technological standards are a cornerstone of the modern information economy, affecting firm strategy, market performance and, by extension, economic growth. While there is general agreement that swift movement to superior technological standards is a worthwhile goal, there is much less agreement on the central policy questions: do markets choose efficient standards? How do standards organizations affect the development of standards? And finally, what constitutes appropriate public policy toward standards? In this volume, leading researchers in public policy on standards, including both academics and industry experts, focus on these key questions. Given the dearth of applied work on standards and public policy, this volume significantly advances the frontier of knowledge in this critical but understudied area. It will be essential reading for academic and industrial researchers as well as policymakers.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Shane Greenstein and Victor Stango; 1. Standard setting in markets: the Browser war Timothy F. Bresnahan and Pai-Ling Yin; 2. Competition through institutional form: the case of cluster tool standards Richard Langlois; 3. The economic realities of open standards: black, white, and many shades of gray Joel West; 4. Coordination costs and standard setting: lessons from 56k modems Shane Greenstein and Marc Rysman; 5. Promoting e-business through vertical IS standards: lessons from the US home mortgage industry Charles Steinfield, Rolf Wigand, M. Lynne Markus and Gabe Minton; 6. Intellectual property and standardization committee participation in the US modem industry Neil Gandal, Nataly Gantman and David Genesove; 7. Manipulating interface standards as an anticompetitive strategy Jeff MacKie-Mason and Janet Netz; 8. Delay and de jure standardization: exploring the slowdown in internet standards development Timothy Simcoe; 9. Standardization: a failing paradigm Carl Cargill and Sherrie Bolin; 10. Standards battles and public policy Luis Cabral and Tobias Kretschmer; 11. Switching to digital television: business and public policy issues Norbert Maier and Marco Ottaviani; 12. Should competition policy favor compatibility? Joseph Farrell; Index.
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