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A replication of four quasi-experiments and three facts from "The effect of file sharing on record sales: an empirical analysis" (Journal of Political Economy, 2007)

Stan Liebowitz ()

Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 2017, vol. 11, No 2017-13, 22 pages

Abstract: The influential piracy paper by Professors Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf, although mainly based on proprietary data, contained an 'important complement' to the main results, consisting of four 'quasi-experiments' using publicly available data. This replication examines all of these quasi-experiments by using identical data and statistical methods where possible, as well as sometimes extending or augmenting the data or methods. This study concludes that the quasi-experiments performed by OS each contain important errors, oversights or inconsistencies that most often, but not completely, overturn the results claimed in the original OS article.

Keywords: piracy; file sharing; sound recordings; music; iTunes; Napster (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z1 O3 L8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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