Content Aggregation by Platforms: The Case of the News Media

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Lesley Chiou

Occidental College - Department of Economics

Catherine E. Tucker

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

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Date Written: Winter 2017

Abstract

The digitization of content has led to the emergence of platforms that draw information from multiple sources. This paper investigates whether aggregation of content by a single platform encourages users to “skim” content or to investigate it in depth. We study a contract dispute that led a major aggregator to remove information from a major content provider. After the removal, users were less likely to investigate additional, related content in depth, particularly sources that were horizontally or vertically differentiated.

Suggested Citation

Chiou, Lesley and Tucker, Catherine E., Content Aggregation by Platforms: The Case of the News Media (Winter 2017). Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 782-805, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3063671 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jems.12207

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