Responding to Oberholzer-Gee & Strumpf’s Attempted Defense of Their Piracy Paper
22 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2016 Last revised: 3 Jun 2017
Date Written: May 19, 2017
Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf recently responded to some of my negative assessments of their influential 2007 piracy article. In this article I analyze their responses to my assessments. Several of their responses have the appearance of being plausible if they are read without reference to my actual arguments and discussion. A careful reading of my assessments and Professors Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf’s responses, however, reveals that Professors Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf generally misrepresent or ignore my arguments, while making numerous but untested factual assertions that are clearly refuted by the data, when tested. My negative assessments are only further enhanced by the weakness of their response, as well as by a new finding indicating that they mismatched by a week their download data and school vacation data, which would necessarily corrupt their key results.
Keywords: Piracy, File Sharing, Sound Recordings, Music, iTunes, Napster
JEL Classification: Z1, O3, L8
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