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Since Tyler recommended me as a payola expert in his MOOC course on media economics, I figured I should create a brief index for the issue.
Climbing the Charts (Amazon link). Chapter 3 is about payola. It’s by far the most holistic and accessible thing I’ve written on the subject.
Theory piece on the micro-interactions of disreputable exchange. This paper was inspired by reading subpoenaed payola evidence and briefly mentions the case
By other people:
Daanen’s HitMen. Focuses on the 1980s (when the mob controlled radio) but also covers other periods
Coase. Payola in Radio and Television Broadcasting. Great theory view, though the efficiency argument doesn’t work as well if you assume “nobody knows” and/or imperfect capital markets. Even then, still really good. Also covers a lot of history (much of it from Sanjek and Sanjek)
Dozens of other things which I cite in my book and articles
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