Julia CAGÉ publishes a CEPR Discussion Paper

Julia CAGÉ

Julia CAGÉ, Assistant Professor of Economics, is interested in industrial organization, and in particular that of the media. She has written a number of papers, articles published in peer reviews and chapters on the subject.

Her latest working paper, co-authored by Nicolas HERVÉ and Marie-Luce VIAUD, keeps in line with her previous research:

The Production of Information in an Online World: Is Copy Right? (link to paper)

"This paper documents the extent of copying and estimates the returns to originality in online news production. We build a unique dataset combining all the online content produced by the universe of news media (newspaper, television, radio, pure online media, and a news agency) in France during the year 2013 with new micro audience data. We develop a topic detection algorithm that identifies each news event, trace the timeline of each story and study news propagation. We show that one quarter of the news stories are reproduced online in less than 4 minutes. High reactivity comes with verbatim copying. We find that only 32.6% of the online content is original. The negative impact of copying on newsgathering incentives might however be counterbalanced by reputation effects. By using media-level daily audience and article-level Facebook shares, we show that original content represents 57.8% of online news consumption. Reputation mechanisms actually appear to solve about 40% of the copyright violation problem. "

Link to CEPR VOX column: "The commercial value of news in the internet era "

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