Hot off the press – the UK’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has published a review of the economics of trading funds. The review follows (I think) recommendation 9 of the Power of Information review:
Recommendation 9. By Budget 2008, government should commission and publish an independent review of the costs and benefits of the current trading fund charging model for the re-use of public sector information, including the role of the five largest trading funds, the balance of direct versus downstream economic revenue, and the impact on the quality of public sector information.
Today that is published on the BERR website as Models of Public Sector Information Provision via Trading Funds by Professor David Newbery, Professor Lionel Bently and Rufus Pollock, all of Cambridge University.
If you read any of it, please post tidbits and thoughts in the comments below!