Karen Clay

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P eer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks are an important medium for the distribution of information goods. However, there is little empirical research into the optimal design of these networks under real-world conditions. Early speculation about the behavior of P2P networks has focused on the role that positive network externalities play in improving(More)
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation Abstract: A primary tool that consumers have for comparative shopping are shopbots, which is short for shopping robots. These shopbots automatically search a large number(More)
Peer to peer networks will become an increasingly important distribution channel for consumer information goods and may play a role in the distribution of information within corporations. Our research analyzes optimal membership rules for these networks in light of positive and negative externalities additional users impose on the network. Using a dataset(More)
Using data collected between August 1999 and January 2000, we examine firm-level pricing strategies for 32 online bookstores. The data cover more than 300 books, including New York Times bestsellers, computer bestsellers, and random books. Over the period, standard deviation of price fell slightly, and prices for the different types of books were(More)
Relatively little is known about adoption, use, and disadoption of new internet-based services. Using data from an Internet grocer in a market where it was the monopoly provider of this service, we examine customer adoption, use, and disadoption of online grocery shopping. We find that adoption was significant. In zip codes where the service was offered,(More)
Low search costs in Internet markets can be used by consumers to find low prices, but can also be used by retailers to monitor competitors' prices. This price monitoring can lead to price matching, resulting in dampened price competition and higher prices in some cases. This paper analyzes price data for 316 bestselling, computer, and random book titles(More)
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