nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2013‒12‒15
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Will Facebook save or destroy social capital? An empirical investigation into the effect of online interactions on trust and networks By Sabatini, Fabio; Sarracino, Francesco
  2. "How About Giving My Things Away Over The Internet? " When Internet Makes It Easier To Give Things Away By Valérie Guillard; Céline Del Bucchia
  3. Measuring Consumer Preferences for Video Content Provision via Cord-Cutting Behavior By Jeffrey T. Prince; Shane Greenstein

  1. By: Sabatini, Fabio; Sarracino, Francesco
    Abstract: Studies in the social capital literature have documented two stylised facts: first, a decline in measures of social participation has occurred in many OECD countries. Second, and more recently, the success of social networking sites (SNSs) has resulted in a steep rise in online social participation. Our study adds to this body of research by conducting the first empirical assessment of how online networking affects two economically relevant aspects of social capital, i.e. trust and sociability. We find that participation in SNSs such as Facebook and Twitter has a positive effect on face to face interactions. However, social trust decreases with online interactions. Several interpretations of these findings are discussed. --
    Keywords: social participation,online networks,Facebook,Twitter,social capital,broadband,digital divide,Internet-mediated communication
    JEL: C36 D85 O33 Z13
    Date: 2013–11–29
  2. By: Valérie Guillard (DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - CNRS : UMR7088 - Université Paris IX - Paris Dauphine); Céline Del Bucchia (Audencia Recherche - Audencia)
    Abstract: The present article looks at the meaning of gift-giving when it is performed via free online recycling websites. Underpinned by research on the difficulties inherent to giving, our paper illustrates how these websites remove the difficulties inherent in giving to kith, kin or to charities.
    Keywords: Gift economy, online giving, gifts to distant others, disposition, recognition, recycling objects.
    Date: 2012
  3. By: Jeffrey T. Prince (Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, Indiana University Kelley School of Business); Shane Greenstein (Department of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)
    Abstract: The television industry is undergoing a generational shift in structure; however, many demand-side determinants are still not well understood. We model how consumers choose video content provision among: over-the-air (OTA), paid subscription to cable or satellite, and online streaming (also known as over-the-top, or OTT). We apply our model to a U.S. dataset encompassing both the digital switchover for OTA and the emergence of OTT, along with a recession, and use it to analyze cord-cutting behavior (i.e., dropping of cable/satellite subscriptions). We find high levels of cord cutting during this time, and evidence that it became relatively more prevalent among low-income and younger households – suggesting this group responded to changes in OTA and streaming options. We find little evidence of households weighing relative content offerings/quality when choosing their means of video provision during the timespan of our data. This last finding has important ramifications for strategic interaction between content providers.
    Keywords: Telecommunications, Cord-cutting, video, digital switchover, online streaming, content
    JEL: L96
    Date: 2013–10

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