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How they made news pay: news traders’ quest for crisis-resistant business models

Bakker, Gerben (2014) How they made news pay: news traders’ quest for crisis-resistant business models. Economic History Working Paper Series, 206/2014. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper discusses the problem, implied by Arrow’s fundamental paradox of information, of how to make money from news. To earn money from important news, news traders need to tell the potential buyer what it is, yet once they have revealed it, the buyer no longer needs to pay. This paper discusses how historically this paradox made it difficult for news agencies to profit from selling important news during crises, and how they gradually developed new business models in response. It examines these models and investigates how they interacted with market structure, resulting in just a few international news agencies dominating the international news supply.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Accounting
Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2014 09:00
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2014 09:00
Funders: Social and Economic Research Council (U.K.), Advanced Institute of Management Research (ESRC/AIM Ghoshal Fellowship Scheme, grant number RES-331-25-3012)

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