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Economists are interested in how the design of ad auctions affects search engine revenues, and how access to the Internet – and thus to search engines – affects retail prices and possibly leads to higher prices for certain consumers.

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How to Hide Your Digital Trail in Plain Sight

New York University’s Helen Nissenbaum and Finn Brunton spoke with Passcode about their new book, Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest.

Helen Nissenbaum
Christian Science Monitor
November 16, 2015

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The Impact of Targeting Technology on Advertising Markets and Media Competition

This paper presents a formal analysis of advertising when the Internet allows targeting of advertisements.

By: Susan Athey, Joshua Gans

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Search Engines, Advertising, and Auctions

Search engines – such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and a variety of other smaller search engines – help users find what they are looking for online by finding web pages that match user-entered keywords. Search engines are free to users, but typically earn revenue through paid advertising.