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Cross-country analysis of movie piracy

By W. D. Walls


We examine the rate of motion-picture piracy across a sample of 26 diverse countries. The level of piracy is explained empirically by the level of income, the cost of enforcing property rights, the level of collectivism present in a country's social institution and the level of internet usage. The results of a cross-country regression analysis indicate that piracy is increasing in the level of social coordination and the cost of enforcing property rights, unrelated to income and decreasing in internet usage.

DOI identifier: 10.1080/13504850600707337
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