SICS - Summer Institute in Competitive Strategy

Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by the

Institute for Business Innovation (IBI)


Monday, June 3, 2019


Reception, Faculty Club

Tuesday, June 4


"Deep Learning Attribute Sentiment from Text and Accounting for Self-Selection"

Ishita Chakraborty (Yale University), Minkyung Kim (Yale University), and K. Sudhir (Yale University)


Discussant: Xiao Liu (New York University)


"Reaching for Gold: Frequent-Flyer Status Incentives and Moral Hazard"

A. Yesim Orhun (University of Michigan), and Tong Guo (Duke University)


Discussant: Raghuram Iyengar (University of Pennsylvania)


"Fiduciary Duty and the Market for Financial Advice"

Vivek Bhattacharya (Northwestern University), Gastón Illanes (Northwestern University), and Manisha Padi (University of Chicago)


Discussant: Dina Mayzlin (University of Southern California)


"Flash Pass"

Yuichiro Kamada (University of California, Berkeley) and Zihao Zhou (University of California, Berkeley)


Discussant: Chakravarthi Narasimhan (Washington University, St. Louis)

Wednesday, June 5


Causally Driven Incremental Multi Touch Attribution Using a Recurrent Neural Network

Ruihuan Du (, Zhong Yu (, Harikesh S. Nair (Stanford University), Bo Cui (, and Ryan Shou (


Discussant: Ying Zhu (Purdue University)


"Searching for Service"

Maarten C. W. Janssen (University of Vienna) and T. Tony Ke (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Discussant: Jiwoong Shin (Yale University)


"Price Manipulation in Peer-to-Peer Markets"

Vladimir Pavlov (University of Pennsylvania), and Ron Berman (University of Pennsylvania)


Discussant: Elie Ofek (Harvard University)


"A Method to Estimate Discrete Choice Models that is Robust to Consumer Search"

Jason Abaluk (Yale University) and Giovanni Compiani (University of California, Berkeley)


Discussant: Kanishka Misra (University of California, San Diego)

Thursday, June 6


"Sequential Information Design"

Laura Doval (California Institute of Technology) and Jeffrey Ely (Northwestern University)


Discussant: Dmitri Kuksov (University of Texas, Dallas)


"Pricing Frictions and Competition in US Retail"

Kevin R. Williams (Yale University)


Discussant: Hema Yoganarasimhan (University of Washington)


"On the Internalization of Advertising and Marketing Services: An Adaptation Cost Analysis"

Birger Wernerfelt (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Alvin Silk (Harvard University), and Shuyi Yu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Discussant: Gustavo Manso (University of California, Berkeley)


"Guiding Consumers through Lemons and Peaches: A Dynamic Model of Search over Multiple Characteristics"

Pedro M. Gardete (Stanford University) and Megan H. Antill (Stanford University)


Discussant: Matthew Shum (Caltech)


Conference Dinner

Friday, June 7


"Implications of Dynamic Pricing: Experimental Evidence" Przemyslaw Jeziorski (University of California, Berkeley)


Discussant: Vineet Kumar (Yale University)


"Can Viagra Advertising Make More Babies?"

Tongil "TI" Kim (Emory University), and Diwas KC (Emory University)


Discussant: Tat Chan (Washington University, St. Louis)


"Nonlinear Pricing with Average-Price Bias"

David Martimort (Paris School of Economics) and Lars Stole (University of Chicago)


Discussant: Amin Sayedi (University of Washington)


"Managing Word of Mouth Content"

Ishita Chakraborty (Yale University), Joyee Deb (Yale University), and Aniko Öry (Yale University)


Discussant: Preyas Desai (Duke University)

Saturday, June 8

Marketing and Economic Theory Day


"Markets for Information"

Dirk Bergemann (Yale University), Alessandro Bonatti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Tan Gan (Yale University)


Discussant: Zsolt Katona (University of California, Berkeley)


"Strategic Automation and Decision-making Authority"

Mustafa Dogan (Carnegie-Mellon University), Alex Jacquillat (Carnegie-Mellon University), and Pinar Yildirim (University of Pennsylvania)


Discussant: Niko Matouschek (Northwestern University)


"(Reverse) Price Discrimination with Information Design"

Dong Wei (University of California, Berkeley) and Brett Green (University of California, Berkeley)


Discussant: Song Lin (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)


"The Dual Role of Ratings"

Allen Vong (Yale University)


Discussant:David Soberman (University of Toronto)


"Group Search Strategy"

Xinyu Cao (New York University) and Yuting Zhu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Discussant: Kyungmin (Teddy) Kim (University of Miami)