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Content Aggregation by Platforms: The Case of the News Media


Lesley Chiou


Occidental College - Department of Economics

Catherine Tucker


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

July 17, 2015

NET Institute Working Paper No. 11-18

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The digitization of content has led to the emergence of platforms that draw information from multiple sources. Policymakers are concerned that these new platforms threaten incentives for the production of original content. As a result, policymakers are contemplating regulations that would force aggregation platforms to pay or require an explicit "opt-in" for content providers. To understand the possible consequences and underlying rationale of such laws, we explore whether aggregation of content by a single platform encourages users to "skim" content or to investigate in depth. We study a contract dispute that led a major aggregator to remove information from a major content provider. We find that after the removal, users were less likely to investigate additional, related content in depth, particularly sources that were horizontally or vertically differentiated.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: digitization, information, consumer search, online, Internet

JEL Classification: L86


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Date posted: June 13, 2011 ; Last revised: July 18, 2015

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Chiou, Lesley and Tucker, Catherine, Content Aggregation by Platforms: The Case of the News Media (July 17, 2015). NET Institute Working Paper No. 11-18. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1864203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1864203

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Lesley Chiou (Contact Author)
Occidental College - Department of Economics ( email )
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.faculty.oxy.edu/lchiou
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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