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

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  • Michal Krawczyk

    (University of Warsaw
    Group for Research in Applied Economics (GRAPE))

  • Joanna Tyrowicz

    (Group for Research in Applied Economics (GRAPE)
    University of Warsaw
    Institut für Arbeitsrecht und Arbeitsbeziehungen in der Europäischen Union (IAAEU)
    Institute of Labor Economics (IZA))

  • Wojciech Hardy

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.

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  • Michal Krawczyk & Joanna Tyrowicz & Wojciech Hardy, 2020. "Friends or foes? A meta-analysis of the link between "online piracy" and sales of cultural goods," GRAPE Working Papers 45, GRAPE Group for Research in Applied Economics.
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