Internet Commerce and Innovation

Internet Commerce and Innovation

Seventh Annual Conference on Internet Commerce and Innovation

Thursday, June 9 - Friday, June 10, 2016

Agenda (pdf)

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is proud to present the Seventh Annual Conference on Internet Commerce and Innovation.

The conference will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 10, 2016. There will be a dinner reception and keynote address on Thursday night.

This conference is organized by Daniel F. Spulber with the help of Pere Arqué-Castells and Justus Baron

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 commerce, 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.

This year’s conference is dedicated to the memory of Tiago Pires (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), who had intended to join us at this meeting.


Market Structure with the Entry of Peer-To Peer Platforms: The Case of Hotels and Airbnb
(*paper availlable upon request to conference attendees, please email:

Chiara Farronato, Harvard Business School
Andrey Fradkin, MIT Sloan School of Management and Airbnb Inc.

Paying Incumbents and Customers to Enter an Industry: Buying Downloads
Timothy Bresnahan, Stanford University
Xing Li, Stanford University
Pai-Ling Yin, Stanford University

Foreclosure, Entry, and Competition in Platform Markets with Cloud Storage
Mark Tremblay, Department of Economics, McMaster University

Clicks and Editorial Decisions: How Does Popularity Shape Online News Coverage?
Ananya Sen, Toulouse School of Economics
Pinar Yildirim, Marketing Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

The Impact of Earned Media on Demand: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
Stephan Seiler, Stanford University
Wenbo Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Song Yao, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Attention and Saliency on the Internet: Evidence from an Online Recommendation System
Christian Helmers, Santa Clara University
Pramila Krishnan, University of Cambridge & CEPR
Manasa Patnam, CREST (ENSAE)

Free Riders versus Social Capital: An Empirical Analysis of an Exogenous Shock on Online Reviews
Paulo Goes, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona
Yang Wang, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona
Zaiyan Wei, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
Dajun Zeng, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

The Value of Personal Information in Markets with Endogenous Privacy
Rodrigo Montes, Toulouse School of Economics
Wilfried Sand-Zantman, Toulouse School of Economics and ESSEC Business School
Tommaso Valletti, Imperial College London and University of Rome II

Optimal Crowdfunding Design
Matthew Ellman, Institute for Economic Analysis (CSIC) and Barcelona GSE
Sjaak Hurkens, Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC)

Does Advertising Serve as a Signal? Evidence from Field Experiments in Mobile Search
Harikesh S. Nair, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Navdeep S. Sahni
, Stanford Graduate School of Business

What Drives Pricing Behavior in Peer-To-Peer Markets? Evidence from the Car-Sharing Platform BlaBlaCar
Mehdi Farajallah, Marsouin
Robert G. Hammond, North Carolina State University
Thierry Pénard, CREM, University of Rennes 1

Price Beliefs and Experience: Do Consumers’ Beliefs Converge to Empirical Distributions with Repeated Purchases?
Brett Matsumoto, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Forrest Spence, University of Notre Dame

Price to Compete ... with Many: How to Identify Price Competition in High Dimensional Space
Sergei Koulayev, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Jun Li, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Serguei Netessine, INSEAD

Collusion with a Greedy Centre in Sponsored Search Auctions
Emmanuel Lorenzon, GREThA, University of Bordeaux

Controlling Versus Enabling
Andrei Hagiu, Harvard Business School
Julian Wright, Department of Economics, National University of Singapore

Sales Tax, E-Commerce, and Amazon’s Fulfillment Center Network
Jean-Francois Houde, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Peter Newberry, Department of Economics, The Pennsylvania State University
Katja Seim, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

What Makes Geeks Tick? A Study of Stack Overflow Careers
Luis Cabral, New York University and CEPR
Tingting Nian, University of California, Irvine
Lei Xu, McGill University

Regulatory Entrepreneurship
Jordan M. Barry, University of San Diego School of Law
Elizabeth Pollman, Loyola Law School Los Angeles

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