Externalities in Knowledge Production: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

@article{Hinnosaar2019ExternalitiesIK,
  title={Externalities in Knowledge Production: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment},
  author={Marit Hinnosaar and Toomas Hinnosaar and Michael E. Kummer and Olga Slivko},
  journal={ERN: Other Organizations \& Markets: Motivation \& Incentives (Topic)},
  year={2019}
}
Do contributions to online content platforms induce a feedback loop of ever more user-generated content or will they discourage future contributions? To assess this, we use a randomized field experiment which added content to some pages in Wikipedia while leaving similar pages unchanged. We find that adding content has a negligible impact on the subsequent long-run growth of content. Our results have implications for information seeding and incentivizing contributions, implying that additional… Expand
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