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SI 2016 Economics of IT and Digitization 

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

July 21-22, 2016 

Royal Sonesta Hotel
Ballroom A
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, Massachusetts



Wednesday, July 20

Joint session with Productivity, Development, and Entrepreneurship

12:00 n


1:00 pm

Abhishek Nagaraj, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Private Impact of Public Maps: Landsat Satellite Imagery and Gold Exploration

Discussant: Robin Burgess, London School of Economics

1:45 pm

Joan Farre-Mensa, Harvard University
Deepak Hegde, New York University
Alexander Ljungqvist, New York University and NBER
The Bright Side of Patents

Discussant: Heidi Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

2:30 pm


3:00 pm

Michela Giorcelli, Stanford University
The Long-Term Effects of Management and Technology Transfer: Evidence from the US Productivity Program

Discussant: Raffaella Sadun, Harvard University and NBER

3:45 pm

Jonas Hjort, Columbia University and NBER
Jonas Poulsen, Uppsala University
The Arrival of Fast Internet and Skilled Job Creation in Africa

Discussant: Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University and NBER

4:30 pm


6:00 pm

Clambake at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

Thursday, July 21

8:30 am

Coffee and pastries

9:00 am

Introductions                               (Authors, 25 min., discussants 10 min., q & a 10 min).

9:10 am

Sam Ransbotham, Boston College
Eric M. Overby, Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael C. Jernigan, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Electronic Trace Data and Legal Outcomes: The Effect of Electronic Medical Records on Malpractice Claim Resolution Time

Discussant: David M. Cutler, Harvard University and NBER

9:55 am

Frank Nagle, University of Southern California
Crowdsourced Digital Goods and Firm Productivity: Evidence from Open Source Software

Discussant: Lorin Hitt, University of Pennsylvania

10:40 am


11:00 am

Daniel Bjorkegren, Brown University
The Adoption of Network Goods: Evidence from the Spread of Mobile Phones in Rwanda

Discussant: Stephen P. Ryan, University of Texas at Austin and NBER

11:45 am

Giovanni Mastrobuoni, University of Essex
Crime is Terribly Revealing: Information Technology and Police Productivity

Discussant: Justin Rao, Microsoft Research

12:30 pm



Split sessions in the afternoon


Charles A: Networks & Social Networks (Authors, 23 min., discussants 7 min., q & a 10 min).

1:30 pm

Joshua Gans, University of Toronto and NBER
Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto and NBER
Mara Lederman, University of Toronto
Exit, Tweets, and Loyalty

Discussant: Dina Mayzlin, University of Southern California

2:10 pm

Lesley Chiou, Occidental College
Vertical Integration and Antitrust in Search Markets

Discussant: Carl Shapiro, University of California at Berkeley

2:50 pm

Rodrigo Belo, Erasmus University
Pedro Ferreira, Carnegie Mellon University
Miguel Godinho de Matos, Catolica Lisbon
Filipa Reis, Carnegie Mellon University
The Impact of Time-shift Television on TV Viewership Behavior

Discussant: Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota and NBER

3:30 pm


3:50 pm

Brett R. Gordon, Northwestern University
Florian Zettelmeyer, Northwestern University and NBER
Neha Bhargava, Facebook
Dan Chapsky, Facebook
A Comparison of Approaches to Advertising Measurement: Evidence from Big Field Experiments at Facebook

Discussant: Randall A. Lewis, Netflix, Inc.

4:30 pm

Dean Eckles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
René F. Kizilcec, Stanford University
Eytan Bakshy, Facebook
Network Effects in Broadcast–Interpersonal Communication Technologies: Evidence from Field Experiments on Facebook

Discussant: Laura K. Gee, Tufts University

5:10 pm



Charles B: Innovation & Crowds       (Authors, 23 min., discussants 7 min., q & a 10 min.)

1:30 pm

Ben Zou, Michigan State University
Weiming Zhu, University of Maryland 
Jingting Fan, University of Maryland
Lixin Tang, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
The Alibaba Effect: Spatial Consumption Inequality and the Welfare Gains from E-Commerce

Discussant: Feng Zhu, Harvard University

2:10 pm

James Bessen, Boston University
How Computer Automation Affects Occupations: Technology, jobs, and skills

Discussant: David Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

2:50 pm

Anuj Kumar, University of Florida
Amit Mehra, UT Dallas
Remedying Education with Personalized Learning: Evidence from Randomized Field Experiment in India

Discussant: Prithwiraj Choudhury, Harvard University

3:30 pm


3:50 pm

Michael Kummer, ZEW Mannheim
Olga Slivko, Centre for European Economic Research
Economic Downturn and Volunteering: Do Economic Crises Affect Content Generation on Wikipedia?

Discussant: Stephan Seiler, Stanford University

4:30 pm

Philipp Herrmann, Paderborn University
Dominik Gutt, Paderborn University
Mohammad S. Rahman, Purdue University
Crowd-Driven Competitive Intelligence: Understanding the Relationship between Local Market Structure and Online Rating Distributions

Mo Xiao, University of Arizona

5:10 pm


6:00 pm

Group dinner at Hotel Marlowe (Serrano BC)

Friday, July 22

8:30 am

Coffee and pastries


Morning joint with IO                (Authors, 25 min., discussants 10 min., q & a 15 min)

9:00 am

Keneth Arrow, Stanford University
L. Kamran Bilir, University of Wisconsin
Alan Sorensen,
University of Wisconsin and NBER
Information and Innovation Diffusion: The Case of Pharmaceuticals in the United States

Discussant:  Benjamin Handel, University of California at Berkeley and NBER

9:50 am


10:05 am

Chiara Farronato, Harvard University
Andrey Fradkin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Market Structure with the Entry of Peer-to-Peer Platforms: The Case of Hotels and Airbnb

Discussant: Matthew Backus, Columbia University and NBER

10:55 am


11:10 am

Greg Lewis, Microsoft Research New England and NBER
Georgios Zervas, Boston University
The Welfare Impact of Consumer Reviews: A Case Study of the Hotel Industry

Discussant: Ryan McDevitt, Duke University

12:00 pm


1:20 pm

Panel: Artificial Intelligence and the Workforce

Moderator: Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT and NBER

Daron Acemoglu, MIT and NBER
Rod Brooks, Rethink Robotics
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn and Greylock Ventures
Laurence Kotlikoff, BU and NBER
Gill Pratt, Toyota Research Institute

2:20 pm


2:40 pm

Pantelis Koutroumpis, Imperial College London
Aija Leiponen, Cornell University
Llewellyn Thomas, Imperial College London and Abu Dhabi School of Management
Invention Machines: How Control Instruments and Information Technologies Drove Global Technological Progress over a Century of Invention

Discussant: Paul M. Romer, New York University and NBER

3:20 pm


3:40 pm

Poster slam                                                                                                 (5 min. each)


Theresa Kuchler, Johannes Stroebel, Michael Bailey, Rachel Cao, Social Networks and Housing Markets

Zhi Da, Xing Huang, Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds

Lei Xu, Mitchell Hoffman,
Sibo Guo, Voluntary Contribution to Online Public Goods: Who Contributes What on GitHub & Stack Overflow?

Timothy J. DeStefano, Richard Kneller, Jonathan D. Timmis, Information Communication Technologies and Firm Performance: Evidence for UK Firms

Gordon Burtch, Seth Carnahan, Brad N. Greenwood, Can You Gig It? An Empirical Examination of the Gig-Economy and Entrepreneurial Activity

Fujie Jin, Andy Wu, Lorin Hitt, Social is the New Financial: How Startups’ Social Media Activities Influence Funding Outcomes

Georg von Graevenitz, Christian Helmers, Valentine Millot, Oliver Turnbull, Does Online Search Increase Sales? Evidence from Big Data for Car Markets in Germany and the UK

Weijia Dai, Michael Luca, Effectiveness of Paid Search Advertising: Experimental Evidence

Hanna Halaburda, Neil Gandal,
Can We Predict the Winner in a Market with Network Effects? Competition in Cryptocurrency Market

Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang, Targeting, Retargeting, and the Effectiveness of Search Engine Advertising: Evidence from Randomized Field Experiments

4:30 pm


4:30-6:00 pm

Wine and cheese in Ballroom Foyer