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SI 2014 Economics of IT and Digitization Workshop

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

July 17-18, 2014

Ballroom A

Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA



Thursday, July 17

8:30 am

Coffee and Pastries

9:00 am

John Horton, Stern School of Business, New York University
Misdirected Search Effort in a Matching Market: Causes, Consequences and a Partial Solution

Discussant: Amanda Pallais, Harvard University and NBER

Andrey Fradkin, Digitization post-doc
Search Frictions and the Design of Online Marketplaces

Discussant: Glenn Ellison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

10:30 am


11:00 am

Matt Goldman, University of California at San Diego
Justin Rao, Microsoft Research
Experiments as Instruments: Understanding Consumer Behavior in Sponsored Search

Discussant: Joshua Angrist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

Chris Nosko, University of Chicago
Steven Tadelis, University of California at Berkeley and NBER
The Limits of Reputation in Platform Markets: An Empirical Analysis and Field Experiment

Discussant: Gregory Lewis, Harvard University and NBER

12:30 pm



Parallel Session to continue after lunch
1:30 pm.IO and Digitizaton joint session in Ballroom A, West Tower
1:45 pm IO and Marketing in Parkview Room, East Tower

1:30 pm

Kenneth Hendricks, University of Wisconsin, Madison and NBER
Alan T. Sorensen, University of Wisconsin, Madison and NBER
The Value of an Intermediary in a Dynamic Auction Market

Discussant: Liran Einav, Stanford University and NBER

Matthew Willi. Chesnes, Federal Trade Commission
Weijia Dai, University of Maryland
Ginger Zhe Jin, University of Maryland and NBER
Banning Foreign Pharmacies from Sponsored Search: The Online Consumer Response

Discussant: Fiona Scott Morton, Yale University and NBER

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Luis Aguiar, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota and NBER
Panning for Gold: The Random Long Tail in Music Production

Discussant: Ajay K. Agrawal, University of Toronto and NBER

Xiang Hui, The Ohio State University
Maryam Saeedi, The Ohio State University
Xiang Hui, The Ohio State University
Neel Sundaresan, eBay Research Labs
Jack Shen, eBay
From Lemon Markets to Managed Markets: the Evolution of eBay's Reputation System

Discussant: Sara Fisher Ellison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4:45 pm




The NBER Working Paper Series at 20,000, Ballroom A

6:45 pm

Dinner for Digitization group
Hotel Marlowe, Serrano Ballroom (across the street from the Sonesta)

Friday, July 18

8:30 am

Coffee and Pastries

Split session, Ballroom A Track -- Music and Digital Rights

9:00 am

Liron Sivan, Carnegie Mellon University
Michael D. Smith, Carnegie Mellon University
Rahul Telang, Carnegie-Mellon University
Do Search Engines Influence Media Piracy? Evidence from a Randomized Field Study

Discussant: Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Harvard University and NBER

Koleman Strumpf, University of Kansas
Using Markets to Measure the Impact of File Sharing on Movie Revenues

Discussant: Julie H. Mortimer, Boston College and NBER

10:20 am


10:40 am

Laurina Zhang, University of Toronto
Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry

Discussant: Brett Danaher, Wellesley College

R. Scott Hiller, Fairfield University
Jin-Hyuk Kim, University of Colorado
Online Music, Sales Displacement, and Internet Search: Evidence from YouTube

Discussant: Joshua Gans, University of Toronto and NBER

12:00 pm

Lunch, Ballroom B

Split session, Longfellow Room Track, West Tower -- Digitization and Policy Dilemmas

8:30 am

Coffee and Pastries

9:00 am

Babur De los Santos, Indiana University
Matthijs Wildenbeest, Indiana University
E-book Pricing and Vertical Restraints

Discussant: Arun Sundararajan, New York University

Muhammad Z. Hydari, Carnegie Mellon University
Rahul Telang, Carnegie-Mellon University
William M. Marella, ECRI
Saving Patient Ryan - Can Health IT Make Patient Care Safer? Evidence from Pennsylvania Hospitals

Discussant: Catherine Tucker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

10:20 am


10:40 am

Laura K. Gee, Tufts University
The More You Know: How Information Affects Job Search in a Large Field Experiment

Discussant: Prasanna Tambe, New York University

Ceren Budak, Mircrosoft Research
Sharad Goel, Microsoft Research
Justin Rao, Microsoft Research
Georgios Zervas, Boston University School of Management
Would ``Do Not Track" Break E-commerce and Web Publishing?

Discussant: Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto and NBER

12:00 pm

Lunch, Ballroom B, West Tower

1:00 pm

Panel:  “The Future of Education”

Bharat Anand, Harvard University
Chrysanthos Dellarocas, Boston University
Andrew Ho, Harvard University

2:00 pm

Erik Brynjolfsson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Seon Tae Kim, ITAM Business School
Joo Hee Oh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
User-Generated Capital and Firm Value: Theory and Evidence from Internet Firms

Discussant: Carol Corrado, The Conference Board

Ben Shiller, Brandeis University
First-Degree Price Discrimination Using Big Data

Discussant: Phillip Leslie, University of California at Los Angeles and NBER

4:00 pm

Poster Slam: 5 minute mini-presentations, Ballroom Lobby

Anil R. Doshi

Agent Heterogeneity in Two-Sided Platforms: Superstar Impact on Crowdfunding

Gordon Burtch, Anindya Ghose, Sunil Wattal

The Hidden Costs of Accommodating Crowdfunder Privacy Preferences: A Randomized Field Experiment

K. Sudhir, Debabrata Talukdar

Productivity Versus Transparency: IT Adoption in an Emerging Market

Greg Wright, Paul Gaggl

A Short-Run View of What Computers Do: Evidence from a UK Tax Incentive

Christian Peukert, Tobias Kretschmer

Video Killed the Radio Star? Online Music Videos and Digital Music Sales

Michael Kummer

Spillovers in Networks of User Generated Content - Evidence from 23 Natural Experiments on Wikipedia

Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Pantelis Koutroumpis, Tommaso Valletti

Speed 2.0: Evaluating Access to Universal Digital Highways

Seth I. Stephens-Davidowitz, Hal Varian, Michael D. Smith

Super Returns? The Effects of Ads on Product Demand

Ioana Marinescu

The General Equilibrium Impacts of Unemployment Insurance: Evidence from a Large Online Job Board

Cindy Zoghi Robert Mohr

Micro-Economies: The Economics of Informal Micro-Jobs

5:00 pm

Adjourn and reception