Wikipedia Matters

Hinnosaar, Marit, Hinnosaar, Toomas, Kummer, Michael and Slivko, Olga (2019) Wikipedia Matters. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. ISSN 1058-6407 (In Press)

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Abstract

We document a causal impact of online user-generated information on real-world economic outcomes. In particular, we conduct a randomized field experiment to test whether additional content on Wikipedia pages about cities affects tourists' choices of overnight visits. Our treatment of adding information to Wikipedia increases overnight stays in treated cities compared to non-treated cities. The impact is largely driven by improvements to shorter and relatively incomplete pages on Wikipedia. Our findings highlight the value of content in digital public goods for informing individual choices.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2020 23:47
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2020 23:58
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76250
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