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When paywall goes AWOL : the demand for open access education research / Seth Gershenson (American University and IZA), Morgan S. Polikoff (University of Southern California), Rui Wang (American University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserGershenson, Seth ; Polikoff, Morgan S. ; Wang, Rui
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, February 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12158
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-181588 
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As universities cut library funding and forego expensive journal subscriptions, many academic organizations and researchers, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), are moving towards open-access publications that are freely downloadable by anyone with a working internet connection. However, the impact of paywalls on the consumption of academic articles is unclear. We provide novel evidence on this question by exploiting a natural experiment in which six high-impact, usually gated AERA journals became open access for a two-month period in 2017. Using monthly download data, and an always-open access journal as a control group, we show that making journals open access increased article downloads in those journals by 60 to 80% per month. Given a per-article download price of $36, this suggests a download elasticity of about 0.3 to 0.4.