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Trading Cultural Goods in the Era of Digital Piracy

  • Stefania Lionetti

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

  • Roberto Patuelli

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

The issue of digital piracy is a hot button among governments around the world. Piracy rates may significantly affect both internal 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, films and media. Analysing an 11-year panel of 25 countries, we find that piracy does affect bilateral trade, but to varying extents.

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Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 40_09.

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Date of creation: Jan 2009
Date of revision: Sep 2010
Handle: RePEc:rim:rimwps:40_09
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