Replicating Four 'Quasi-Experiments' and Three Facts from Oberholzergee/Strumpf's Piracy Article
24 Pages Posted: 10 May 2016
Date Written: April 28, 2016
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
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