Economics and E-Commerce

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A plethora of packages from online retailer, were delivered to an office. (Image courtesy of on Flickr. License: CC BY.)


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Fall 2014



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This course uses theoretical models and empirical studies to help understand the economics behind various internet businesses. We will begin with a discussion of relevant topics from industrial organization (IO) including monopoly pricing, price discrimination, product differentiation, and barriers to entry. The main part of the course will be a discussion of a number of online businesses. In the context of those businesses, we will discuss extensions and applications of the ideas from the first section of the course.

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Sara Ellison. 14.27 Economics and E-Commerce. Fall 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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