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Trading Cultural Goods in the Era of Digital Piracy


  • Stefania Lionetti

    () (Institute of Economic Research (IRE), University of Lugano)

  • Roberto Patuelli

    () (Institute of Economic Research (IRE), University of Lugano; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA))


The issue of digital piracy as violation of intellectual property rights is a hot button among many governments around the world. Until now, nor legislation or its enforcement have managed to keep up with the most recent technologies facilitating piracy. Piracy rates may significantly affect both internal demand and international trade of cultural goods. This paper aims to empirically assess the effect of digital piracy on bilateral trade in cultural goods. We focus on trade in music and media. Analysing an 11-year panel of 25 countries, we find that piracy does affect negatively bilateral trade, although to a varying extent.

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  • Stefania Lionetti & Roberto Patuelli, 2009. "Trading Cultural Goods in the Era of Digital Piracy," Quaderni della facoltà di Scienze economiche dell'Università di Lugano 0907, USI Università della Svizzera italiana.
  • Handle: RePEc:lug:wpaper:0907

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    trade; cultural goods; piracy; spatial filtering; network autocorrelation;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature

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