Data, Markets, and Privacy

Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2023
Carey Business School, 100 International Dr, Baltimore, MD 21202, 24th floor

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Social and Political Economy Conference Series: Data, Markets, and Privacy

This conference series brings together faculty and graduate students from across Hopkins, as well as scholars from other universities, regulators, and industry leaders, to study and discuss social, political, and economic forces that shape our world.

This conference is a yearly joint venture of the Economics Department at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Carey Business School, and is generously supported this year by the SNF Agora Institute.

Program Co-Chairs: Chen Cheng, Itay Fainmesser, Yiqing Xing (Johns Hopkins Carey Business School), and Marcelo Ariel Fernandez (The Economics Department, Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts & Sciences).

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Friday, September 8

9 – 10 a.m. - Breakfast
10 – 10:40 a.m.

Speaker: Michael Schwarz, Microsoft
Paper: “Big and small questions about data, market and privacy in the evolving world”

10:40 – 11:20 a.m.

Speaker: Helen Nissenbaum, Cornell Tech
Paper: “Privacy as Data Governance”

11:20 - 11:50 a.m. – Coffee Break
11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Arina Nikandrova, City, University of London
Paper: “Data Linkage between Markets: Does the Emergence of an Informed Insurer Cause Consumer Harm?

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Lunch
2:30 – 3:10 p.m.

Speaker: Dirk Bergemann, Yale University
Paper: "How Do Digital Advertising Auctions Impact Product Prices?"

3:10 – 3:50 p.m.

Speaker: Azarakhsh Malekian, University of Toronto
Paper: “A Model of Behavioral Manipulation”

3:50 – 4:20 p.m. – Coffee Break
4:20 – 5 p.m.

Speaker: Tesary Lin, Boston University
Paper: "Choice Architecture, Privacy Valuations, and Selection Bias in Consumer Data"

Saturday, September 9

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. - Breakfast
9:30 – 10:10 a.m.

Speaker: Munther Dahleh, MIT
Paper: "Information Design under Uncertainty"

10:10 – 10:50 a.m.

Speaker: Rachel Cummings, Columbia University
Paper: “Optimal Data Acquisition with Privacy-Aware Agents

10:50 - 11:20 a.m. – Coffee Break
11:20 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Speaker: Itay Fainmesser, Johns Hopkins University
Paper: "Learning Through Market Segmentation"

12 – 2 p.m. – Lunch

Speaker Bios

Dirk Bergemann portrait

Dirk Bergemann
Yale University, Economics and Computer Science

rachel cummings

Rachel Cummings
Columbia University, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

muntherm dahleh

Munther Dahleh
MIT, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

itay fainmesser-portrait

Itay Fainmesser
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Economics and Marketing

tesary lin

Tesary Lin
Boston University, Marketing

azarakhsh malekian

Azarakhsh Malekian
University of Toronto, Operations Management

arina nikandrova

Arina Nikandrova
City, University of London, Economics

helen nissenbaum

Helen Nissenbaum
Cornell Tech, Information Science


Michael Schwarz
Corporate Vice President and Chief Economist, Microsoft