Economics of Data Workshop

This workshop is devoted to the ways in which data is restructuring existing competitive markets (i.e. by enabling better price discrimination, changing the boundaries of the firm, and creating monopoly power), as well as the design of ‘data marketplaces.’ It will run over two days. The first day will begin with speakers who will give us a bird’s eye perspective of the role of data. In the second day, leading specialists will focus on particular aspects of the economics of data.

Dates and Venue:

Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Basement, Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

133 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Day 1:

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Michael Schwarz, Corporate Vice President, Chief Economist, Microsoft Corporation

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: LUNCH

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm: Garrett van Ryzin, Cornell Tech and Head of Marketplace Labs at Lyft

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm: BREAK

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Harikesh Nair, Stanford University and Chief Business Strategy Scientist at

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm: BREAK

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission

6:00 pm: Dinner for all the speakers

Day 2:

8:30 am - 9:00 am: LIGHT BREAKFAST

9:00 am - 9:45 am: Munther Dahleh, MIT

9:45 am - 10:00 am: BREAK

10:00 am - 10:45 am: Sven Seuken, University of Zurich

10:45 am - 11:00 am: BREAK

11:00 am - 11:45 am: Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: LUNCH

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: Amit Gandhi, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, formerly Chief Economist Microsoft Cloud

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm: BREAK

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Michael Bailey, Facebook

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm: BREAK

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm: Ginger Zhe Jin, Department of Economics, University of Maryland

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm: BREAK

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm: Dirk Bergemann, Department of Economics, Yale University


  • Annie Liang, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Christopher Yoo, Law School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Aviv Nevo, Department of Economics and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Kearns, Department of Computer and Information Science, Co-Director of the Warren Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rakesh Vohra, Departments of Economics and Electrical & Systems Engineering, Co-Director of the Warren Center, University of Pennsylvania