Internet Search and Innovation

Internet Search and Innovation

Sixth Annual Conference on Internet Search and Innovation

Thursday, June 4 - Friday, June 5, 2015

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is to proud to present the Sixth Annual Conference on Internet Search and Innovation. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 4, 2015 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 5, 2015. There will be a dinner reception and keynote address on Thursday night.

The conference is organized by Professor Daniel F. Spulber, Northwestern University.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern’s own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to Internet search and innovation. The conference will cover academic work on Internet search and innovation, and the discussion will examine related public policy issues in antitrust, regulation, and intellectual property.

Agenda (pdf)

Keynote Address

The Economic Future of Online Video [Presentation Slides]
David Waterman
, Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission


Session One – Privacy and the Internet

Money and Privacy - Android Market Evidence
Michael Kummer,* Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
Patrick Schulte, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

What is a Cookie Worth?
Arslan Aziz, Carnegie Mellon University
Rahul Telang,* Carnegie Mellon University

Privacy in Online Markets: A Welfare Analysis Using Demand Rotations
Daniel P. O’Brien,* Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Doug Smith, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Session Two – The Internet Market for Books

Match Quality, Search, and the Internet Market for Used Books
Sara Fisher Ellison, MIT Department of Economics

E-Book Pricing and Vertical Restraints
Barbur De los Santos,* Indiana University, Kelly School of Business
Matthijs R. Wildenbeest, Indiana University, Kelly School of Business

Consumer Experience and the Value of Search in the Online Textbook Market
Forrest Spence, Notre Dame

On the Antitrust Economics of the Electronic Books Industry
Germain Gaudin, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, Heinrich Heine University, Germany
Alexander White,* Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, China

Session Three – Internet Platforms and Pricing

Multi-Sided Platforms
Andrei Hagiu,* Harvard Business School
Julian Wright, Department of Economics, National University of Singapore

Game of Platforms: Strategic Expansion into Rival (Online) Territory
Sagit Bar-Gill, MIT Sloan School of Management

Platform Pricing in Mixed Two-Sided Markets
Ming Gao, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China

Price Competition in Two-Sided Markets with Heterogeneous Consumers and Network Effects
Lapo Filistrucchi, CentER, TILEC, Tilburg University and Department of Economics
Tobias Klein,* CentER, TILEC, Tilburg University

Session Four – Internet Search and Advertising

The Power of a Ranking: Quantifying the Effects of Rankings on Online Consumer Search and Choice
Raluca M. Ursu, University of Chicago

Advertiser Prominence Effects in Search Advertising
Przemyslaw Jeziorski,* University of California, Berkeley
Sridhar Moorthy, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Profiting from Targeted Advertising: Exploring Synergies among Media Channels
Dan Breznitz, University of Toronto
Vincenzo Palermo,* University of Toronto

Price Salience and Product Choice
Tom Blake, eBay Research Labs     
Dominic Coey, eBay Research Labs
Kane Sweeney,* eBay Research Labs
Steve Tadelis, eBay Research Labs

Session Five – Pricing and the Internet

Net Neutrality, Network Capacity, and Innovation at the Edges
Jay Pil Choi, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and Department of Economics; Michigan State University
Doh-Shin Jeon, Toulouse School of Economics and CEPR, Manufacture de Tabacs
Byung-Cheol Kim,* Georgia Institute of Technology

A Theory of Bidding Dynamics and Deadlines in Online Retail
Dominic Coey, eBay Research Labs
Bradley Larsen, Stanford University, Department of Economics
Brennan C. Platt,* Brigham Young University

Competing with Complementors: An Empirical Look at
Feng Zhu,* Harvard University
Qihong Liu, University of Oklahoma

Session Six – Network Effects and Social Networks

Nonlinear Pricing with Local Network Effects
Arne Rogde Gramstad, University of Oslo

Competition in the Cryptocurrency Market
Neil Gandal, Tel Aviv University and CEPR
Hanna Halaburda*, Bank of Canada, CESifo and INE PAN

Social Networks and the Demand for News
Lisa M. George, Department of Economics, Hunter College
Christian Peukert
,* Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich

Can Social Networks Help Content Websites Predict Traffic and Engagement?
Catarina Sismeiro, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College, London
Ammara Mahmood,* Cass University Business School, City University, London

Presenters are indicated with an *

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