Chiang and Assane (2008)
|Chiang and Assane (2008)|
|Title:||Music piracy among students on the university campus: Do males and females react differently?|
|Author(s):||Chiang, E. P., Assane, D.|
|Citation:||Chiang, E. P., & Assane, D. (2008). Music piracy among students on the university campus: Do males and females react differently?. The Journal of Socio-Economics, 37(4), 1371-1380.|
|Link(s):||Definitive , Open Access|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||456 questionaires of university students from three different universities.|
|Data Type:||Primary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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This paper analyzes the role that gender plays on the likelihood and extent of peer-to-peer music file-sharing, a key issue in the debate on copyright protection. We use an extensive data set on university students, a core demographic in the use of file-sharing technologies. The empirical results suggest that male and female students respond differently to risk and economic incentives. Specifically, females tend to react more consistently with expected risk and economic deterrent factors, while males exhibit more sporadic behavior.
Main Results of the Study
This article argues that:
- Gender differences abound not only in the criminology literature, but also in technology usage and labor market opportunities.
- Male students are likely to use file-sharing technologies more frequently and to a greater extent than female students, and to have a higher percentage of their total music collection consisting of music acquired via file-sharing than female students.
- Females, on average, possess greater risk perceptions and more willingness-to-pay to avoid “illegal” actions compared with males, while male students exhibit more sporadic behavior.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
- The music industry should continue its usage of enforcement actions.
- The music industry should increase its support in the expansion of fee-based music subscriptions and download services by helping firms and artists resolve issues that inhibit their growth.
- The music industry should take a more active role in technological protection (i.e., Digital Rights Management) that increases the cost of music file-sharing.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||University students|
|Period of material under study:||2003-2004|