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dc.contributor.authorCanoy, Marcel F. M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorvan Ours, Jan C.en_US
dc.contributor.authorvan der Ploeg, Fredericken_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T15:52:49Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T15:52:49Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/18778-
dc.description.abstractThe tensions between books and book markets as expressions of culture and books as products in profit-making businesses are analysed and insights from the theory of industrial organisation are given. Governments intervene in the market for books through laws concerning prices of books, grants for authors and publishers, a lower value-added tax, public libraries and education in order to stimulate the diversity of books on offer, increase the density of retail outlets and to promote reading. An overview of the different ways by which countries differ in terms of market structures and government policies is given. Particular attention is paid to retail price maintenance. Due to differences between European countries it is not a good idea to harmonise European book policies. Our analysis suggests that the book market seems quite able to invent solutions to specific problems of the book trade and that, apart from promoting reading, there is little need for government intervention.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCESifo working papers 1414en_US
dc.subject.jelZ11en_US
dc.subject.jelD6en_US
dc.subject.jelD4en_US
dc.subject.jelL4en_US
dc.subject.jelL1en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordbooksen_US
dc.subject.keywordpublishersen_US
dc.subject.keywordauthorsen_US
dc.subject.keyworddiversityen_US
dc.subject.keywordmonopolistic competitionen_US
dc.subject.keywordretail price maintenanceen_US
dc.subject.keywordsubsidiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordlibrariesen_US
dc.subject.keywordinterneten_US
dc.subject.stwBuchen_US
dc.subject.stwBuchverlagen_US
dc.subject.stwMonopolistischer Wettbewerben_US
dc.subject.stwPreisbindungen_US
dc.subject.stwInterneten_US
dc.titleThe economics of booksen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn484399926en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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