nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2012‒09‒09
two papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Trust Drives Internet Use By Martin Ljunge
  2. File Sharing, Network Architecture, and Copyright Enforcement: An Overview By Klumpp, Tilman

  1. By: Martin Ljunge (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)
    Abstract: This paper estimates the effect of trust on internet use by studying the general population as well as second generation immigrants in 29 European countries with ancestry in 87 nations. There is a significant positive effect of trust on internet use. The positive trust effect is not universal to all media, as individuals with high trust are shown to consume less television. The finding provides evidence for one mechanism through which trust creates good outcomes. Individuals with high trust spend time online, and eschew the isolation of the TV couch, which may produce more productive opportunities.
    Keywords: trust; internet use; intergenerational transmission; cultural transmission; TV watching
    JEL: D13 D83 J62 Z13
    Date: 2012–05–12
  2. By: Klumpp, Tilman (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)
    Abstract: This paper provides an overview of internet file sharing networks and explores the relationship between technological, economic, and legal aspects of file sharing. I chronicle the evolution of content sharing technology since the 1990s, and examine the role of network architecture for a copyright holder’s choice of enforcement strategy as well as users’ responses to enforcement tactics. Some conjectures for possible future enforcement approaches are also derived. The target audience of this survey consists of economists and legal scholars interested in intellectual property rights and internet file sharing.
    Keywords: file sharing; peer-to-peer networks; network architecture; intellectual property rights; copyright enforcement
    JEL: D85 K11 K42 L82 O33 O34
    Date: 2012–08–01

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