Fall 2019

Platform Markets

Sep. 16Sep. 19, 2019

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Organizers: Steve Tadelis (UC Berkeley; chair), Yash Kanoria (Columbia University)

Over the past two decades online marketplace platforms have emerged at a dizzying pace to facilitate trade of goods and services. These platforms reduce trading frictions and present unprecedented opportunities for improved market performance, data collection and experimentation, deployment of multiple design levers, and more broadly, influencing the way people earn, learn, shop, travel, commute, marry, and live.

Platform operators have to address a host of intertwined market design challenges that span a wide range of activities. These include, but are not limited to, how to (i) manage externalities both on and off the platform; (ii) build and maintain trust and create a sense of fairness; (iii) choose what participants on each side of the market can and cannot do; (iv) grow the platform; (v) make recommendations that facilitate learning and efficient matching; (vi) compete with other platforms; and (vii) earn revenues.  

The workshop will cover recent theoretical, empirical and experimental work on these central design issues in marketplace platforms, primarily from the disciplines of computer science, operations research, economics, and behavioral sciences. Participants will include a mix of academics and practitioners.

All events take place in the Calvin Lab auditorium.

The first and last days of the workshop (Monday, Sep 16 and Thursday, September 19) will have discussion sessions, but no formal talks. Further details about this workshop will be posted in due course. Enquiries may be sent to the organizers workshop-market2 [at] lists [dot] simons [dot] berkeley [dot] edu (at this address).

Registration is required to attend this workshop. Space may be limited, and you are advised to register early. The link to the registration form will appear on this page approximately 10 weeks before the workshop. To submit your name for consideration, please register and await confirmation of your acceptance before booking your travel.