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Pirated Economics


  • Babutsidze, Zakaria


We examine the data from illegal downloads of economics content from Sci-Hub over five-month period. The most pirated economics articles and the most pirated economics journals are identified. We analyze the contribution of this particular piracy engine toward open science (economics). We conclude that economics is benefitting from Sci-Hub: (a) as downloads are not pervasive, publishers are not losing much revenues; (b) as downloads are coming mostly from under-developed countries, the exposure to generated knowledge in the discipline has been extended.

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  • Babutsidze, Zakaria, 2016. "Pirated Economics," MPRA Paper 71703, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:71703

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    1. Elhanan Helpman & Oleg Itskhoki & Stephen Redding, 2010. "Inequality and Unemployment in a Global Economy," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 78(4), pages 1239-1283, July.
    2. David, Paul A, 1998. "Common Agency Contracting and the Emergence of "Open Science" Institutions," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(2), pages 15-21, May.
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    Sci-Hub; Piracy; Economics;

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    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics

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