Economics of the Media

In the Information Age, media is everywhere. This course will help you make sense of it all, providing insight into the structure of media firms, the nature of their products and how they make money.

Is media biased? Is consolidation of media companies bad for consumers? This course will address those questions as well as how the government affects the structure of media through policies such as net neutrality, copyright, TV regulation, and spectrum allocation. 

This course will provide a general background on the research from economists on media and journalism. There will be a lot of economics and not too much math. 

If you pass the final exam, you will earn our "Economics of the Media" certificate on your profile.

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Runs approx 4 video hours

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Mar 21
Guest speakers

Jerry Brito and Adam Thierer of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University provide videos on Net Neutrality and Net Neutrality Regulation.

Abigail R. Hall, a PhD student of economics at George Mason University, providea a video on Can the Government Influence Private Media and The Unintended Consequences of Media

James T. Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics at Duke University, provides a video on Markets for News and All the News That Fits to Sell.

Steven Pearlstein Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, provides a video on Newspapers

Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Law and Economics at George Mason University, provides a video on The Law and Economics of Net Neturality.

Tim Groseclose, Marvin Hoffenberg Chair of American Politics at UCLA, provides a video on Media Bias.

Can I earn a certificate?

Yes, if you pass the final exam, you will earn the "Economics of the Media" certificate on your MRUniversity profile. 

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