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.


Invited Participants

Nicholas Arnosti (Columbia University), Itai Ashlagi (Stanford University), Susan Athey (Stanford), Sid Banerjee (Cornell University), Francis Bloch (Paris School of Economics), Caterina Calsamiglia (University of Pompeu Fabra), Gabrielle Demange (Paris School of Economics), John Dickerson (University of Maryland), Laura Doval (Caltech), Federico Echenique (California Institute of Technology), Yuri Faenza (Columbia University), Chiara Farronato (Harvard Business School), Andrey Fradkin (Boston University), Karthik Gajulapalli (UC Irvine), Vasilis Gkatzelis (Drexel University), Kira Goldner (University of Washington), John Horton (NYU), Chamsi Hssaine (Cornell University), Nicole Immorlica (Microsoft Research), Ravi Jagadeesan (Harvard University), Ramesh Johari (Stanford University), SangMok Lee (Washington University in St. Louis), Matthew Leister (Monash University), Jacob Leshno (University of Chicago), Irene Lo (Stanford University), James Lui (UC Irvine), Gregory Macnamara (Stanford University), Tung Mai (UC Irvine), Vahideh Manshadi (Yale University), Nimrod Megiddo (IBM Almaden Research Center), Aranyak Mehta (Google), Divyarthi Mohan (Princeton University), Seffi Naor (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology), Hamid Nazerzadeh (Uber & University of Southern California), Afshin Nikzad (UC Berkeley), Oren Reshef (UC Berkeley), Daniela Saban (Stanford University), Amin Saberi (Stanford University), Daniel Schoepflin (Drexel University), Peng Shi (University of Southern California), Nicolas Stier (Facebook), Philipp Strack (UC Berkeley), Garrett van Ryzin (Cornell Tech & Lyft), Vijay Vazirani (UC Irvine), Nikhil Vellodi (Princeton), Gideon Weiss (The University of Haifa), Adam Wierman (California Institute of Technology), Yi Xin (Caltech), Richard Xu (USC), Leeat Yariv (Princeton University), Giorgos Zervas (Boston University)