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The magnitude and political justification of VAT as an indirect media subsidy: A three-country comparison

Författare och institution:
Mart Ots (-); Marko Ala-Fossi (-); Arne Krumsvik (-); Pernilla Rendahl (Juridiska institutionen)
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Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
While direct media subsidy schemes are under increasing pressure in media markets across the world the role of indirect tools, such as media taxation, is coming into focus. This paper studies the development of VAT as an indirect subsidy to the press. It does this through three longitudinal case studies of newspaper VAT development in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Though the states officially rarely acknowledge the value of the VAT benefits for the newspaper industry, this paper demonstrates how indirect subsidies have continued to grow in economic importance despite decreasing newspaper circulation. The paper suggests that this development is in line with a general move of the Nordic media systems toward the liberal model. Through a cross-country comparison of the differences in policy outcomes and their antecedents, the analysis identifies the role of two influential drivers – the driver for additional state revenues, and the driver for platform neutral solutions that promotes fair competition and innovation in the area of cultural products.
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Ytterligare information:
11th World media economics and management Conference, 12-16 May 2014, Rio de Janeiro
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2016-03-18 14:22

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