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Digital Piracy, Self-Control Theory, and Rational Choice: An Examination of the Role of Value

Higgins, George E.

To date, several researchers have shown that attitudes, low self-control, social learning theory and deterrence theory to explain digital piracy.  However, no study examined whether rational choice theory mediated the link between low self-control and digital piracy.  Further, no study in digital piracy or criminological literature had considered the role of value in such an examination. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to contribute to the literature by examining the links between low self-control, rational choice, value, and digital piracy.  This study built on the mediating model presented by Piquero and Tibbetts (1996).  That is, this study assumed that rational choice theory mediated the link between low self-control and digital piracy. Further, this study assumed that some situational factors would mediate the effect of other situational factors

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