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Increasing Returns to Information in the U.S. Popular Music Industry

Using data relating to ‘number one’ hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, we find clear evidence of increasing returns to information in the U.S. market for popular music. This evidence supports related findings for the motion picture industry in various countries, and for Broadway productions.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Victoria in its series Econometrics Working Papers with number 0510.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 07 Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:vic:vicewp:0510
Note: ISSN 1485-6441
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