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Music Piracy: Bad for Record Sales but Good for the iPod?

Leung, Tin Cheuk (2012): Music Piracy: Bad for Record Sales but Good for the iPod?

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Abstract

Music piracy is a double-edged sword for the music industry. On the one hand, it hurts record sales. On the other hand, it increases sales of its complements. To quantify the effect of music piracy, I construct a unique survey data set and use a Bayesian method to estimate the demand for music and iPods, and find three things. First, music piracy decreases music sales by 24% to 42%. Second, music piracy contributes 12% to iPod sales. Finally, counterfactual experiments show that Apple's revenue could increase by $36 per student if music were free.

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