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SI 2012 Economics of IT and Digitization Workshop


Erik Brynjolfsson, Shane Greenstein, Susan Athey, Hal Varian, and Nicholas Bloom, Organizers


July 19-20, 2012


Royal Sonesta Hotel

Ballroom A, West Tower

40 Edwin Land Boulevard

Cambridge, MA



Wednesday, July 18

6:00 pm

Clambake, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Thursday, July 19

8:00 am

Coffee and pastries

8:30 am

Randall Lewis, Google, Inc.
Dan Nguyen, University of Chicago
Display Advertising's Impact on Online Branded Search

Discussant: Catherine Tucker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

9:15 am

Sabrina Pabilonia, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Cindy Zoghi, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Which Job Skills Are Complementary to IT Adoption and Use?

Discussant: Dick Murnane, Harvard University and NBER

10:00 am


10:30 am

Przemyslaw Jeziorskiy, University of California at Berkeley
Ilya Segal,
Stanford University
What Makes them Click: Empirical Analysis of Consumer Demand for Search
Discussant: Matthijs R. Wildenbeest, Indiana University

11:15 am

Jason Chan, New York University
Anindya Ghose, New York University
Internet's Dirty Secret: Assessing the Impact of Online Intermediaries on the Outbreaks of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Discussant: Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto

12:00 n


1:00 pm

David H. Reiley, Jr., Yahoo! Research Labs
Justin Rao, Microsoft Research
The Economics of Spam

Discussant: Joshua Gans, University of Toronto and NBER

1:45 pm


2:00 pm

Erik Brynjolfsson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Joo Hee Oh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Attention Economy: Measuring the Value of Free Goods on the Internet

Discussant:  Austan Goolsbee, University of Chicago and NBER

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota and NBER
And the Bands Played On: Digital Disintermediation and the Quality of New Recorded Music

Discussant: Koleman Strumpf, University of Kansas

3:45 pm


4:00 pm

Poster slam: 5 minute mini-presentations

Alejandro Zentner,  Michael D. Smith, and Cuneyd Kaya, Bricks Clicks Blockbusters and Long Tails: How Video Rental Patterns Change as Consumers Move Online

Adam Saunders, Prasanna Tambe, The Value of Data: Evidence from a Textual Analysis of 10-Ks

Ryan C. McDevitt, The Internet Lowers Inhibitions: Implications for the Long Tail

Joel Barajas, Ramakrishna Akella, Marius Holtan, Jaimie Kwon, Aaron Flores, Measuring Dynamic Effects of Display Advertising: From Impressions to Commercial Actions

Scott Wallsten, What Are We Not Doing When We're Online And How Much is That Worth?

Mihai Calin, Chrysanthos Dellarocas, Elia Palme, Juliana Sutanto, Attention Allocation in Information-Rich Environments: The Case of News Aggregators

Brett Danaher, Yan Huang, Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang, An Empirical Analysis of Digital Music Bundling Strategies

Ken Flamm, Dynamics of Change in Service Quality on US Broadband Networks:An Exploratory Study

Mark McCabe, Christopher Snyder, Did Online Access to Journals Change the Economics Literature?

Michael J. Callen, James Long, Institutional Corruption and Election Fraud: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan

6:00 pm

Group Dinner at Hotel Marlowe

Friday, July 20



8:30 am

Coffee and pastries



Parallel Session I, Ballroom A, West Tower



9:00 am

Ravi Bapna, University of Minnesota


Akhmed Umyarov, University of Minnesota


Do Your Online Friends Make You Pay? A Randomized Field Experiment in an Online Music Social Network.


Discussant:  Dylan Walker New York University

9:45 am




10:00 am

Rahul Telang, Carnegie Mellon University


Rajiv Garg, Carnegie Mellon University


To Be or Not to Be Linked on LinkedIn: Online Social Networks and Job Search




Discussant: Misiek Piskorski, Harvard University

10:45 am




11:00 am

Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University


Christina Fong, Carnegie Mellon University


An Experiment in Hiring Discrimination via Online Social Networks (not available for download)


Discussant:  Roberto Fernandez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Parallel Session II, Charles A, East Tower



9:00 am

Yu (Jeffrey) Hu, Purdue University


Michael D. Smith, Carnegie Mellon University


The Impact of Ebook Distribution on Print Sales: Analysis of a Natural Experiment




Discussant: Judy Chevalier, Yale University and NBER

9:45 am




10:00 am

Jeffrey Prince, Indiana University


Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University and NBER


Does Service Bundling Reduce Churn?




Discussant: Ali Yorukoglu, Stanford University and NBER

10:45 am




11:00 am

Masakazu Ishihara, New York University


Andrew Ching, University of Toronto


Dynamic Demand for New and Used Durable Goods without Physical Depreciation: The Case of Japanese Video Games




Discussant: Ben Shiller, Brandeis University

Joint afternoon with Industrial Organization



11:45 am

Lunch and Panel: Hal Varian, Google Inc., Moderator

Timothy Bresnahan, Stanford University
John Leonard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Andrew McAfee Massachusetts, Institute of Technology



1:30 pm

Elisa Celis, University of Washington


Gregory Lewis, Harvard University and NBER


Markus Mobius, Iowa State University and NBER


Hamid Nazerzadeh, University of Southern California


Buy-it-now or Take-a-chance: Price Discrimination through Randomized Auctions




Discussant: Jon Levin, Stanford University and NBER

2:15 pm

Joerg Claussen, Ifo Institute, University of Munich


Tobias Kretschmer, LMU Munich


Philip Mayrhofer, CDTM, LMU & TU Munich


Incentives for Quality over Time – The Case of Facebook Applications




Discussant: Jen Brown, Northwestern University and NBER

3:00 pm




3:30 pm

Liran Einav, Stanford University and NBER


Chiara Farronato, Stanford University


Jonathan D. Levin, Stanford University and NBER


Neel Sundaresan, eBay Research Labs


Sales Mechanisms in Online Markets: What Happened to Internet Auctions?




Discussant:  Patrick Bajari, University of Minnesota and NBER

4:14 pm

Dina Mayzlin, Yale University


Yaniv Dover, Yale University


Judith A. Chevalier, Yale University and NBER


Promotional Reviews: An Empirical Investigation of Online Review Manipulation



Discussant: Michael Luca, Harvard University


5:00 pm