Wikipedia Matters

  title={Wikipedia Matters},
  author={Marit Hinnosaar and Toomas Hinnosaar and Michael E. Kummer and Olga Slivko},
  journal={IO: Empirical Studies of Firms & Markets eJournal},
We document a causal impact of online user-generated information on real-world economic outcomes. In particular, we conduct a randomized field experiment to test whether additional content on Wikipedia pages about cities affects tourists' choices of overnight visits. Our treatment of adding information to Wikipedia increases overnight stays in treated cities compared to non-treated cities. The impact is largely driven by improvements to shorter and relatively incomplete pages on Wikipedia. Our… Expand
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