Réciprocité indirecte des contributions dans un réseau d'échange de musique pair à pair - une analyse empirique de données individuelles

Translated title of the contribution: Indirect reciprocity in contributions to a peer-to- peer music sharing network - An empirical analysis of individual level data

Bin Gu, Yun Huang, Wenjing Duan, Andrew B. Whinston

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Abstract

This study assesses the influence of indirect reciprocity on individual contribution to a peer-topeer network. We find that individuals' level of contributions increases with number of contributors in the peer-to-peer network but decrease with number of free riders in the networks, indicating that individual contributions are reciprocal in nature. Moreover, we show that individuals have strong incentive to punish free riders and reward contributors in the peer-to-peer network. They do so through the setting of servers that allows discrimination among downloaders. When number of free riders increases, individuals are more likely to change the server settings to provide priority services to contributors and lesser services to free riders. The phenomena are consistent with findings from economic experiments which suggest that reciprocity and the ability to punish free riders could sustain contribution to pubic goods. The findings have important implications on the design and practical management of peer-to-peer networks.

Translated title of the contributionIndirect reciprocity in contributions to a peer-to- peer music sharing network - An empirical analysis of individual level data
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationICIS 2008 Proceedings - Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event29th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2008 - Paris, France
Duration: Dec 14 2008Dec 17 2008

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CountryFrance
CityParis
Period12/14/0812/17/08

Keywords

  • Free riders
  • Indirect reciprocity
  • Music sharing
  • Peer-to-peer network
  • Public goods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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    Gu, B., Huang, Y., Duan, W., & Whinston, A. B. (2008). Réciprocité indirecte des contributions dans un réseau d'échange de musique pair à pair - une analyse empirique de données individuelles. In ICIS 2008 Proceedings - Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems