The Pirate's Moral Compass: Religion, Morality, Underage Drinking, and Illegal Music Downloading

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dc.contributor.advisor North, Charles McCallum, Matthew
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. en_US 2012
dc.description.abstract Illegal downloading of music files has plagued the recording industry for years and stricter enforcement of piracy laws has shown little effectiveness in slowing this phenomenon. This paper studies the effect that religion and morality have on illegal downloading practices of music files by college students at a large private Christian university. I conclude that church attendance is associated with lower illegal downloading only for very frequent attenders. Also, students who rate their morals above average are less likely to illegally download than those who self-identified with average or below average morals. Additionally I examine four other “wrong” acts: copying homework, breaking the speed limit, shoplifting, and underage drinking. The results suggest that college students view underage drinking and illegal downloading as morally equivalent. en_US
dc.rights Baylor University projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Economics en_US
dc.subject Illegal Downloading en_US
dc.subject Econometric Analysis en_US
dc.title The Pirate's Moral Compass: Religion, Morality, Underage Drinking, and Illegal Music Downloading en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Economics en_US
dc.contributor.schools honors college en_US

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