How Should Information Technology be Regulated?
|dc.identifier.citation||Vijairaghavan, V. (2021). How Should Information Technology be Regulated? (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||With Information Technology (IT) playing a more central role in the modern economy, governments the world over are displaying an active interest in regulating IT firms with the goal to increase competition, foster local firms or increase social surplus. My research informs such policymakers in two critical and relevant areas: the effect of regulations on IT investments and societal wellbeing (measured as total surplus), and the net productivity effects of increased IT investments. In my first research stream, I use analytical modelling methodologies to evaluate the impact of specific regulatory mechanisms, thereby creating a theoretical template for how such regulations can be evaluated. In my first chapter in this stream, I analyze how firm investments can be incentivized and coordinated through a platform, and whether the platform as an institutional mechanism requires regulatory intervention. In my second chapter, I analyze Data Portability Regulations which require that platforms allow users to download their data and port it to competing firms. Such laws have been passed by the E.U. and the state of California, and are being considered by the U.S. Congress. I study whether this regulation accomplishes the law’s goal of encouraging competition in the data economy. In a second research stream, I use structural econometric models to measure the effect of IT investments on energy productivity. I execute this by mathematically deriving a structural econometric model to estimate the impact of IT on the output elasticity of energy. Thus, if a policy decision to regulate platforms causes a decrease in firm IT investments, my empirical work measures the impact of such decreases, both in terms of its direct effect on marginal product as well its indirect effect through the change in the productivity of energy.||en_US|
|dc.rights||University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.||en_US|
|dc.subject||Information Technology Regulation||en_US|
|dc.subject||Economics of Information Systems||en_US|
|dc.title||How Should Information Technology be Regulated?||en_US|
|dc.publisher.faculty||Haskayne School of Business||en_US|
|dc.publisher.institution||University of Calgary||en|
|thesis.degree.name||Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)||en_US|
|thesis.degree.discipline||Haskayne School of Business: Management||en_US|
|thesis.degree.grantor||University of Calgary||en_US|
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