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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great: Information economics (not business) yet practical, 23 Mar. 2007
It's hard finding a text for a university-level economics course on the internet economy. There is a choice. One one hand, there are relatively technical texts with mathematical modelling (such as Shy's excellent Economics of Network Industries) but short on examples and up-to-date cases. On the other, there are management-style books that have plenty of examples and lists like "here's five generic strategies" without the sufficient theoretical basis or frameworking that makes economics so powerful. Shapiro and Varian's uneven Information Rules paradoxically (given the status of the authors) falls into that category. Abramson has the best of both worlds. He's up to date, uses what's powerful about economics without going overboard technically.