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Online Learning with Randomized Neural Networks

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This project adapts online learning techniques to unstructured data, focusing on neural networks. We posit a non-parametric multi-armed bandit algorithm with context that uses a neural network for its underlying function approximation. We theoretically analyze and prove guarantees on the regret under this algorithm Read More

Implications of Revenue Models and Technology for Content Moderation Strategies

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This paper develops a theoretical model to study the economic incentives for a social media platform to moderate user-generated content. We show that a self-interested platform can use content moderation as an effective marketing tool to expand its installed user base, to increase the utility of its users, and to achieve its positioning as a ...Read More

Towards a Causal Theory and Test of Network Effects: Structural Holes, Alliance-Network Externalities, and Organizational Innovation

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We investigate whether the effect of network position on innovation is causal or spurious. Although empirical evidence demonstrates that certain structural positions in alliance networks (e.g. structural holes) affect firm innovation, it is hard to disentangle the factors allowing a firm to put itself in a certain position from the innovation outcomes that stem from ...Read More

Financial Reporting and Consumer Behavior

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We show that financial reporting spurs consumer behavior. Using granular GPS data, we show that foot-traffic to firms’ commerce locations significantly increases in the days following their earnings announcements. Read More

Pricing in Service Platforms: Who Should Set the Prices?

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Tolga Dizdarer, PhD Candidate, The Wharton School, Gerry Tsoukalas, Operations, Information & Decisions, The Wharton School, and Gérard Cachon, Operations, Information & Decisions, The Wharton School Abstract: Service platforms like Uber and AirBnb create markets that connect customers with service providers. Platforms provide the medium of interaction and receive commissions from each transaction taking place between the ...Read More

Human Capital and Startup Financing

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We establish the relevance of human capital to startup financing. Using administrative databases from the Central Bank of Brazil, we obtain information on private firms, their founders and their access to bank credit. Read More

Privately Owned Battery Storage: Re-Shaping the Utility Business Case

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How can rooftop solar owners capture economic value from investing in battery technologies? Storage adds at least three strategic options for homeowners that previously could only directly consume solar generation and sell any excess instantaneously, thus they traditionally relied on feed-in tariffs or other subsidies. Read More

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