Nylig ble det publisert en pressemelding som bl.a. inneholdt:
Here’s a test of basic economic literacy: What is the socially optimal price of online access to economics journal articles?
If my students learn only one thing, it’s this: Price equals marginal cost. And the marginal cost of accessing a journal article is pretty much zero. The research has been written, the type has been set, and the salaries have already been paid — usually thanks to a university, think tank, or government grant. So the socially optimal price is: free. Every time we charge a price higher than this, we risk pricing out someone who might benefit from the insights of an academic scribbler.
Hva er det som ikke koster noe?
Det er nå klart at ‘Brookings Papers on Economic Activity’ databasen med artikler er gjort allment tilgjenelig for, ja, ingen kostnad. Gratis.