Working Papers

Information Discovery and the Long Tail of Motion Picture Content

Anuj Kumar, Michael D. Smith, and Rahul Telang

Jul 1, 2011

Investigates “information availability” as the cause of skewness (that is, the lack of a “Long Tail”) in movie sales distribution. Uses data on 314 movies on four U.S. pay-cable networks from January 28 to March 2010 to estimate the differential discovery of popular movies and less popular movies.

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