The Issues

  • Competition Policy and Antitrust
  • Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Intellectual Property
  • Interoperability
  • Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing
  • Privacy and Security

TAP Highlights

Where Did Design Patents Really Originate?

Design patents are little understood. In “The Origins of American Design Protection” law professor Mark Janis and Jason Du Mont uncover why patent law, not copyright, protects designs, and suggest a new direction for design patents.

When Is Multitasking Helpful?

Too much multitasking can be confusing. In “Information, Technology and Information Worker Productivity,” economists Erik Brynjolfsson, Marshall Van Alstyne, and Sinan Aral describe the circumstances under which multitasking with access to email and social networks improves productivity.

Is Diffusion of Technology More Important than Manufacturing?

Singapore’s government has promoted both the diffusion of information technology, and its manufacture. In “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Singapore’s Economic Growth,” economist Khuong Minh Vu shows how technology fostered growth of income and productivity.

Did the Rise of Free Information Technology Improve GDP?

The Internet and its ‘free’ services and apps has changed the way we work, play, and shop. But have they had an impact on the GDP? Harvard economist Shane Greenstein examines the free Internet and finds “the economic production that supports humanity has not changed much.”

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The Value of Free in GDP

Posted on June 20, 2017
Harvard economist Shane Greenstein examines the effect of free information technology, such as the Internet or online apps, on GDP. He proposes that “maybe it is time to focus on the demand-side measures of free goods.”

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