Why share in peer-to-peer networks?

  title={Why share in peer-to-peer networks?},
  author={Lian Jian and Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason},
Prior theory and empirical work emphasize the enormous free-riding problem facing peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing networks. Nonetheless, many P2P networks thrive. We explore two possible explanations that do not rely on altruism or explicit mechanisms imposed on the network: direct and indirect private incentives for the provision of public goods. The direct incentive is a traffic redistribution effect that advantages the sharing peer. We find this incentive is likely insufficient to motivate… CONTINUE READING
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