B.S., Haverford College; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Economics
Researches the effects of digital technologies on consumers and firms; focus on online file sharing and copyright issues.
I am generally interested in the effect of new digital technologies on the organization of industries, especially insomuch as these technologies change optimal firm strategy or government policy. In my current line of work I examine the various interactions between new digital distribution channels for media (e.g., iTunes, streaming, and piracy) as well as their interactions with older physical sales channels. My research has produced several findings that challenge current business models in the media industries and also contributed to current policy debates over copyright issues.
At Wellesley College, I teach probability and statistics as well as a course in industrial organization. I believe strongly in motivating these classes by showing how the theory and tools can help to inform real world questions. I have also developed a unique course on the “Information Economy” as it relates to my research interests. In this class, I teach students about economic models that apply especially to information goods such as music, movies, and software. My goal is to give students the knowledge and confidence to use these frameworks and basic microeconomics to model new technologies and gain insight into how they will impact consumers and firms.
I have reviewed journal articles related to my interests for Management Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Economic Inquiry, among others. I annually attend and present research at the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics as well as NBER's Summer Institute on the Economics of Digitization.
I enjoy food and cooking, running, exercise, philosophy, and discovering new music.