Workshop on Consumer Search

  November 6th to 8th 2014, Bad Homburg

Organizers: Martin Peitz, Andras Niedermayer and Chengsi Wang (University of Mannheim and MaCCI) 

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Informal discussion on the issue of consumer search

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Session 1: Directed Search (9.30-13.00)

09:30-10:30: Simon Anderson (Virginia), “Search Direction”

                     Discussant: Andrew Rhodes (Toulouse)

10:30-11:30: Philipp Kircher (Edinburgh), “Efficient Competition through Cheap Talk: The Case of Competing Auctions”

                     Discussant: Chengsi Wang (Mannheim)

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:00: Matt Backus (Cornell), “Cheap Talk, Round Numbers, and the Economics of Negotiation”  

                     Discussant: Konrad Stahl (Mannheim)                     

13:00 – 14:30: Lunch                                                                                                     

Session 2: Search and Platform (14.30-16.30)

14.30–15.30: Andras Niedermayer (Mannheim), “Predatory Fee Setting”

                     Discussant: Stephan Lauermann (Bonn)

15.30–16.30: Regis Renault (Paris Dauphine), “Platform Content”

                     Discussant: Martin Peitz (Mannheim)

16:30 – 17:00: Coffee Break 

Session 3: Search and Learning (17.00-19.00)

17.00–18.00: Sandro Shelegia (Vienna), “Consumer Search with Observational Learning”

                    Discussant: Jose-Luis Moraga (Amsterdam/Groningen)

18.00–19.00: Babur de los Santos (Indiana), “Search with Learning”

                    Discussant: Matt Backus (Cornell)

19:00 -21:00: Dinner 

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Session 4: Empirical Search (9.30-13.00)

09.30–10.30: Matthijs Wildenbeest (Indiana), “Consumer Search and Prices in the Automobile Market”        

                    Discussant: Philipp Schmidt-Dengler (Vienna)

10.30-11.30: Matthew Gentry (LSE), “Displays, Sales, and In-Store Search in Retail Markets”

                    Discussant: Barbur de los Santos (Indiana)

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12.00-13.00: Nicolas Schutz (Mannheim), “Price Dispersion in Gasoline Industry”

                    Discussant: Matthijs Wildenbeest (Indiana)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

Session 5: Sequential Search (14.30-16.30)

14:30–15:30: Maarten Janssen (Vienna): “The Double Diamond Paradox

                     Discussant: Regis Renault (Paris Dauphine)

15:30 – 16:30: Jose-Luis Moraga (Amsterdam/Groningen), “Product Differentiation and Heterogeneous Search Cost”

                       Discussant: Simon Anderson (Virginia)