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: January 6, 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.

Keywords: Digitization, information, consumer search, Internet, news, media

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Chiou, Lesley and Tucker, Catherine E., Content Aggregation by Platforms: The Case of the News Media (January 6, 2017). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 6925-23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4373444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4373444

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