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Privacy Regulation and Quality Investment

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  • Lefouili, Yassine
  • Toh, Ying Lei

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This paper analyzes how a privacy regulation restricting data disclosure affects quality investment by a monopoly service provider - who derives revenues solely from sharing user data with third parties - and social welfare. In our model, a user's gross utility from the service depends on its quality and the amount of information shared. We show that in a fully covered market, the regulation reduces quality investment but may still be socially desirable when quality and information are not strong complements. In a partially covered market, the regulation may raise quality and social welfare even when quality and information are highly complementary

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  • Lefouili, Yassine & Toh, Ying Lei, 2017. "Privacy Regulation and Quality Investment," TSE Working Papers 17-795, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), revised Jul 2019.
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    Keywords

    Privacy Regulation; Data Disclosure; Quality;
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    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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