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The Nature and Incidence of Software Piracy: Evidence from Windows

Susan Athey, Scott Stern

NBER Working Paper No. 19755
Issued in December 2013

---- Acknowledgements -----

This research was conducted while both researchers were Consulting Researchers to Microsoft Research. Support was also provided by the Toulouse Network for Information Technology. This paper represents the research of the authors and does not reflect the views of any institution or organization. This paper has benefited greatly from seminar comments at the NBER Economics of Digitization Conference, Microsoft Research, the MIT Microeconomics at Sloan Conference, and by Ashish Arora, Shane Greenstein, Markus Mobius, and Pierre Azoulay. Exceptional research assistance was provided by Bryan Callaway and Ishita Chordia. Susan Athey has a long-term consulting relationship with Microsoft Corporation. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Scott Stern -----

The author is the the Director of the Innovation Policy Working Group. This author has drawn on the findings of this research for compensated speaking engagements and to offer policy advice in a number of settings.

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