Privacy and Innovation

33 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011 Last revised: 29 Oct 2014

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Avi Goldfarb

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Catherine E. Tucker

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

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

Information and communication technology now enables firms to collect detailed and potentially intrusive data about their customers both easily and cheaply. This means that privacy concerns are no longer limited to government surveillance and public figures' private lives. The empirical literature on privacy regulation shows that privacy regulation may affect the extent and direction of data-based innovation. We also show that the impact of privacy regulation can be extremely heterogeneous. Therefore, we argue that digitization means that privacy policy is now a part of innovation policy.

Suggested Citation

Goldfarb, Avi and Tucker, Catherine E., Privacy and Innovation (June 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17124. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1866085

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Catherine E. Tucker

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