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The Incentives for Contributing Digital Contents Over P2P Networks: An Empirical Investigation

17 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2009  

Fabrice Rochelandet

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3

Tushar K. Nandi

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Date Written: February 2, 2009

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the determinants of sharing behaviour by envisaging two types of behaviour, namely contribution against free riding. In doing so, we evaluate the theoretical predictions about reciprocity and altruism in the presence of non-rival goods and anonymity. We use a probit model and primary data from a survey that collects information about P2P sharing behaviour of more than 2000 individuals. Our econometric results suggest that the motivations for contributing are poorly determined by rational self-interested behaviour. We then envisage policy implications in terms of copyright enforcement and business.

Keywords: P2P, free riding, sharing

Suggested Citation

Rochelandet, Fabrice and Nandi, Tushar K., The Incentives for Contributing Digital Contents Over P2P Networks: An Empirical Investigation (February 2, 2009). Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 19-35, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1336806

Fabrice Rochelandet (Contact Author)

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Tushar K. Nandi

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta ( email )

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