Mass Media Industries: The Economic Games

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Game Theory".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1765

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Dr. Fabrizio Germano
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Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: game theory; industrial organization; media economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Media industries, platforms and markets, as enablers of communication, function as our societies' nervous system and are of vital importance for a society's healthy functioning and development. They generate numerous externalities and have a fundamental public goods role to fulfil, which clearly sets them apart from other industries. They are simultaneously a natural target for advertising and public relations and are often subject to interference by commercial, political and other individual actors and special interest groups. This Special Issue of Games is devoted to the study of media industries with a focus on the game-theoretic and economic underpinnings that contribute to a better understanding of their "good" functioning. Some of the topics of interest include—but are not limited to—media and platform competition, the independence and quality of media provision, media payment systems, copyright, social media and misinformation, media and big data, privacy, internet neutrality, search engines and the fairness of ranking algorithms. We are interested in both game-theoretical papers as well as game-theoretically motivated empirical and even experimental papers, relating to the economics of the media. We welcome authors with research on these topics to submit their contributions to this Special Issue of Games.

Dr. Fabrizio Germano
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • economics of mass media
  • media and platform competition
  • media quality
  • media independence
  • social media
  • media and big data
  • search engines and ranking algorithms

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Ad-Valorem Taxes, Prices and Content Diversification in the News Market
Games 2023, 14(2), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/g14020025 - 16 Mar 2023
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In this paper, we look at two research questions. First, can lower ad-valorem taxes, on the selling of news and on the selling of advertising, conduce to lower prices in the media sector? Second, can lower ad-valorem taxes stimulate firms to increase the [...] Read more.
In this paper, we look at two research questions. First, can lower ad-valorem taxes, on the selling of news and on the selling of advertising, conduce to lower prices in the media sector? Second, can lower ad-valorem taxes stimulate firms to increase the diversity of content that they offer? The purpose of this work is to give tax political guidelines to policy makers for the media sector. This is important for a sector that has seen the reduction in payment subscriptions by readers (due to competition from free news from the Internet), and reduction of advertisement revenues due to competition from media giants like Google and Facebook. With this purpose we build on the Hoteling product competition model, which is the workhorse model in media economics. We show that ad-valorem taxes on the selling of advertising are preferable to ad-valorem taxes on the selling of news because the former conduce to reduction in prices of newspaper. However, both ad-valorem taxes on the selling of news and on the selling of advertisement reduces media diversity, because they reduce revenues that media firms can use to invest in media content. Full article
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