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The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

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Ed. by Auriol, Emmanuelle / Barigozzi, Francesca / Brunner, Johann / Fleck, Robert / Mastrobuoni, Giovanni / Mendola, Mariapia / Requate, Till / de Vries, Frans / Wenzel, Tobias / Zulehner, Christine

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Can economic theory explain piracy behavior?

Håkan J. Holm
Published Online: 2003-04-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1538-0653.1082


This paper investigates if economic theory can explain variations in piracy behavior between individuals and between countries. It is demonstrated that economic theory explains a notable part of the individual variation in a survey study. Individuals with a low net valuation of an original when a copy is available are more prone to engage in piracy than individuals with a higher valuation. Individuals with a low cost of obtaining and handling copies are also more engaged in piracy. The country-wise variation can also be explained by economic variables; GNI/capita and judicial efficiency explain a substantial part of this variation.

Keywords: piracy; intellectual property; contingent valuation; digital economy

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Published Online: 2003-04-30

Citation Information: Topics in Economic Analysis & Policy, Volume 3, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1538-0653, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1538-0653.1082.

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