Replicating Four 'Quasi-Experiments' and Three Facts from Oberholzergee/Strumpf's Piracy Article

24 Pages Posted: 10 May 2016

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Stan J. Liebowitz

University of Texas at Dallas - School of Management - Department of Finance & Managerial Economics

Date Written: April 28, 2016

Abstract

The influential piracy paper by Professors Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf, although mainly based on proprietary data, contained an “important complement” to the main results, consisting of four “quasi-experiments” using publicly available data. This replication examines all of these quasi-experiments, narrowly using identical data and statistical methods, as well as in a broader sense by extending or augmenting the data or methods. The results of these replications are that the great majority of their claims are unsupported by the narrow replications and none of their economic conclusions hold up under narrow or broad replication.

Keywords: Piracy, File Sharing, Oberholzer-Gee, Strumpf, Sound Recordings, Music, iTunes, Napster

JEL Classification: Z1, O3, L8

Suggested Citation

Liebowitz, Stan J., Replicating Four 'Quasi-Experiments' and Three Facts from Oberholzergee/Strumpf's Piracy Article (April 28, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777216 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2777216

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