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.

Subscribe to track your progress, receive video recommendations, and be the first to hear about new content and events.

Runs approx 4 video hours

Recent Activity

New Course Video
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. 

How can I get updates on this course?

If you subscribe to the course by using the button above, you will receive email updates on the course.

Can I use this content in my class?

Yes, please! The videos are freely available for non-commercial use. Please let us know how it goes.

Flip the classroom

Economics of the Media

BDavis's picture

Print your Economics of the Media certificate

If you have passed the final exam, you can now easily print your certificate...

Economics of the Media Exam

Congratulations, you have made it to the end of Economics of the Media! The only thing that stands between you and your certification now is the final exam. The exam is 25 questions made up of multiple choice. To pass and receive a certification awarded on your profile, you must earn an 80% or higher on the exam. The exam is open note, untimed, and can be retaken as many times as needed. Good Luck!

Start quiz
AlexTabarrok's picture


This course will roll out over the next 4 weeks. In the Information Age media is everywhere and this course is designed to help you make sense of the industry.

Subscribe to RSS - Economics of the Media