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Friends or foes? A meta-analysis of the link between "online piracy" and sales of cultural goods

Michal Krawczyk (), Joanna Tyrowicz () and Wojciech Hardy ()

No 45, GRAPE Working Papers from GRAPE Group for Research in Applied Economics

Abstract: Over the past decade or so, the literature has sprung in analyses of the impact the so-called online or digital "piracy" has on sales. Since theory posits both positive and negative effects are possible, the question remains purely empirical. Consequently, there is a variety of published articles and working papers arguing in both ways, many of which attempt to account for the challenge of providing a reliable and causal effect. The objective of this survey is to review and discuss the accomplishments of the field so far. We also provide a tentative meta-analysis. Despite the multiplicity of measures and methods used we argue that the literature as a whole fails to reject the null hypothesis of no effects on sales.

Keywords: online piracy; ethical judgment; vignette experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 O16 P45 P52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2020
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