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Privacy Regulation and Market Structure


James David Campbell


University of Toronto - Joseph L. Rotman School of Management - Business Economics

Avi Goldfarb


University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Catherine Tucker


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Management Science (MS)

August 15, 2013


Abstract:     
This paper models how regulatory attempts to protect the privacy of consumers' data affect the competitive structure of data-intensive industries. Our results suggest that the commonly used consent-based approach may disproportionately benefit firms that offer a larger scope of services. Therefore, though privacy regulation imposes costs on all firms, it is small firms and new firms that are most adversely affected. We then show that this negative effect will be particularly severe for goods where the price mechanism does not mediate the effect, such as the advertising-supported internet.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: privacy, antitrust, regulation

JEL Classification: L40, L51, K20

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Date posted: December 22, 2010 ; Last revised: November 18, 2013

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Campbell, James David and Goldfarb, Avi and Tucker, Catherine, Privacy Regulation and Market Structure (August 15, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1729405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1729405

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James David Campbell
University of Toronto - Joseph L. Rotman School of Management - Business Economics ( email )
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6
Canada
Avi Goldfarb (Contact Author)
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )
105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6
Canada
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Catherine Tucker
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Management Science (MS) ( email )
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
HOME PAGE: http://cetucker.scripts.mit.edu
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