Wikipedia Matters

Marit Hinnosaar, Toomas Hinnosaar, Michael Kummer, Olga Slivko

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Abstract

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 findings highlight the value of content in digital public goods for informing individual choices.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Economics and Management Strategy
Early online date10 Mar 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Mar 2021

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