University of Calgary

Cross-country analysis of movie piracy

by Walls, W. D.

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.

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