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Parallel Imports and Music CD Prices

  • Yeh-ning Chen

    (National Taiwan Univ)

  • Ivan Png

    (National Univ of Singapore)

Parallel imports are a significant academic and policy issue. Official investigations into the impact of parallel imports on music CD prices have reached widely conflicting conclusions. This note reports an event study on an international panel of changes in copyright law to permit or disallow parallel imports. The study shows that, on average, legalization of parallel imports was associated with a 7.2–7.9% reduction in the retail price of music CDs.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series International Trade with number 0402001.

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Date of creation: 03 Feb 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0402001
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  1. Theo Papadopoulos, 2000. "Copyright, Parallel Imports and National Welfare: The Australian Market for Sound Recordings," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 33(4), pages 337-348.
  2. Nancy T. Gallini & Aidan Hollis, 1996. "A Contractual Approach to the Gray Market," Working Papers gallini-96-01, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
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