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Sunday, November 3


12:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Industry Job Fair - Interview Rooms Open
Chiwawa (501) and Duckabush (503)

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM  Outlook for Economist Careers in Tech 
Elwha
Peter Gross, Senior Director, Economic Data and Product, Zillow Group
Steve McBride, Director of Data Science and Engineering, Content Strategy and Economics, Netflix
Ana-Maria Mocanu, Data Science Manager, Stripe
Moderator: Carolyn Evans, Chief Economist, Intel

Optional reading: Economists (and Economics) in Tech Companies, by Susan Athey and Mike Luca

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM  Opening Keynote: Technology and Cities  
Elwha
Ed Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Introduction: Jim Diffley, CBE, Senior Director – Economics, IHS Markit

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Diversity in Tech and Economics
Elwha
Susan Athey, The Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tracy Chou, Co-Founder, Project Include
Brent Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Rover 
Moderator: Clémentine Van Effenterre, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM  Reception hosted by Amazon
Quinault

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM  Small Group Dinners  
Area Restaurants
Pre-registration required. Check with NABE staff for availability. 


Monday, November 4

     
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM Continental Breakfast
Gallery

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Industry Job Fair - Interview Rooms Open
Chiwawa (501) and Duckabush (503)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Poster Presentations
Sponsored by The NABE Foundation  
Quinault

Poster presenters will deliver brief talks on their research during this opening session. Presenters will be available for Q&A in the Gallery during Poster Sessions (10:40am and 2:45pm).


Moderators:
Peter Lorentzen, University of San Francisco
Celine Sun, Dropbox

Ruiqing Cao, National Bureau of Economic Research
Preference Aggregation and Bias in the Direction of Product Innovation

Elaine Chung, Spotify
Estimating Causal Effect of Music Availability on a Two-Sided Marketplace

Avinash Collis, MIT Sloan School of Management
GDP-B: Accounting for the Value of New and Free Goods in the Digital Economy

Tiffany Fan, Harvard University
New Evidence on the Impact of Behavioral Interventions

Hanchen Jiang, Johns Hopkins University
Evaluating the Value of Modern Rent Regulation: Evidence from New York City

Jennifer Kao, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Regulatory Incentives for Pharmaceutical Innovation: Evidence from the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Program

Ben Leyden, Cornell University
Coordinated Capacity Reductions and Public Communication in the Airline Industry

Yi Liu, Wharton
AI Resistance and Price Discrimination

Adam Sheridan, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen
Learning About Social Networks from Mobile Money Transfers: Validation and Application to Social Effects on Consumption

Dan Svirsky, Uber Technologies, Inc
Internet Privacy and Information Avoidance
 




9:00 AM - 9:05 AM Welcome to NABE
Elwha
Constance Hunter, CBE, 2019-2020 NABE President; Chief Economist, KPMG

9:05 AM - 10:00 AM  Experiments and ML 
Elwha
Susan Athey
, The Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Dominic Coey, Economic Research Scientist, Facebook Research
Introduction: Moshe Katzwer, Data Scientist, Uber

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  Tools from Cloud Computing Every Economist Should Know
Elwha
Ashish Mishra
, Principal Engineer, Amazon
Introduction: Duncan Gilchrist, Pricing & Incentives, Uber

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM  Poster Session / Networking Break / Expo
Exhibit Hall

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM Concurrent Sessions

Track I: Tools and Products to Scale Data Science and Machine Learning Modeling
Quinault
Nick Kadochnikov, Distinguished Engineer, Cognitive Enterprise, Chief Analytics Office, IBM
Nick Riabov, Senior Research Scientist, Netflix
Wes Wahlin
, Product Manager, Google Cloud TPU
Moderator: Fangfang Tan, Manager, Advanced Analytics, Google

Track II: Big Data and Big Cities
Willapa
Julia Lane, Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Matthias Oschinski, Director, Innovation Economics, MaRS Discovery District
Jan Whittington, Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington, Seattle
Moderator: Dan Svirsky, Data Scientist, Uber

Track III: All Companies Are Tech Companies Now
Cowlitz (502)
Alexei Alexandrov, Director, Wayfair
Jon Gurney Bell, Advanced Technology Group, UPS
Lester Jones, CBE, Chief Economist, National Beer Wholesalers Association
Chris Norby, Deputy Director of Analytics, Boeing Global Services
Moderator: Carolyn Evans, Chief Economist, Intel

12:15 PM - 1:40 PM Luncheon: What Can Machine Learning Do and What Does It Mean for the Economy?
Elwha
Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management; Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Introduction: Sara Rutledge, Managing Director of Real Estate Products, StratoDem Analytics

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Concurrent Session

Track I: More Power! Methods to Increase Precision of Experiments 
Quinault
Kyle Carlson, Data Scientist - Analytics, Stripe
Mariel Finucane, Senior Statistician, Mathematica
Moshe Katzwer, Data Science Manager, Uber
Moderator: Evan Bloom, Senior Manager of Product Innovation - Advertising & Promotion Algorithms, Netflix

Track II: Leveraging New Data Sources for Economic Analysis of Emerging Markets 
Willapa
Joshua Blumenstock, Assistant Professor, School of Information; Director, Data-Intensive Development Lab, UC Berkeley
Maria Ruth Jones, Survey Specialist, Development Impact Evaluation, World Bank Group
Nikhil Naik, Lead Research Scientist, Salesforce Research
Moderator: Grant Long, Senior Economist, StreetEasy

Track III: Designing Reputation Systems 
Cowlitz (502)
Dina Mayzlin, Professor of Marketing, USC Marshall School of Business
Steve Tadelis
, Amazon Economist Fellow, AWS Business Systems / Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Michael Luca, Lee J. Styslinger III Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Moderator: Alexei Alexandrov, Director, Wayfair

Optional reading: Designing Better Online Review Systems, by Geoff Donaker, Hyunjin Kim, Michael Luca

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM  Poster Session / Networking Break / Expo
Exhibit Hall

3:15 -3:40 Voluntary Disclosure and Personalized Pricing
Elwha
Shoshana Vasserman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Introduction: Michael Luca, Lee J. Styslinger III Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Optional reading: Voluntary Disclosure and Personalized Pricing, by Nageed Ali, Greg Lewis, and Shoshana Vasserman

3:40 PM - 4:30 PM  Incorporating Machine Learning into the Economics Toolkit
Elwha
Guido Imbens, Amazon Data Analyst, Core AI  / The Applied Econometrics Professor and Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Greg Lewis, Principal Researcher, Microsoft 
Moderator: Greg Duncan, Senior Principal Economist, Statistician and Machine Learning Scientist, Amazon

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   Using Big Private Data for Economic Measurement: Opportunities and Challenges
Elwha
Erica Groshen, Visiting Senior Scholar, Cornell University; former BLS Commissioner
Claudia Sahm, Chief, Consumer and Community Development Research Section, Federal Reserve Board
Louise Sheiner
, The Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow - Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
Moderator: David Wessel, Director, The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Brookings Institution

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  Offsite Reception hosted by Zillow
Four Seasons Hotel (Grand Ballroom)
99 Union Street
Seattle, WA

Attendees will walk or rideshare to the Four Seasons Hotel, located 10 blocks from the Hyatt Regency Seattle.


Tuesday, November 5

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
Gallery

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Industry Job Fair - Interview Rooms Open
Chiwawa (501) and Duckabush (503)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM   Data Privacy
Elwha
John Kahan, Chief Data Analytics Officer, Microsoft
Shiva Kasiviswanathan, Senior Applied Scientist, Amazon
Aleksandra Korolova, WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor of Computer Science,  USC
Paul Liu, Principal Economist, Google
Moderator: John Abowd, Chief Scientist, U.S. Census Bureau

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM  Data for the Public Good 
Elwha
Andra Ghent, Associate Professor of Finance, UNC
Matthew Lindsay
, Senior Principal, Mastercard
Skylar Olsen
, Director of Economic Research, Zillow
Timothy Slaper, Co-Director, Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University
Moderator: Lucia Foster, Chief Economist, U.S. Census Bureau

10:30 AM - 11:05 AM  Networking Break / Small Informal Group Talks  

Talk 1: The Value of Data for the Firms (and Where to Find It) 
Cowlitz (502)
Vladimir Starkov, Director, NERA Economic Consulting

Talk 2:  Designing Inclusive Platforms
Foss (504)
Elisabeth Costa, Senior Director, The Behavioural Insights Team

Talk 3: What's Up Next in Advancing Your Career in Data Science
Queets (505)
Duncan Gilchrist, Pricing & Incentives, Uber
Michelle Kislak
, Senior Data Scientist, Netflix
Celine Sun
, Head of Data Science, Growth, Dropbox
Moderator: Olga Boldarieva, Partner, Data Science, Pathrise 

Talk 4: Big Data and Official Government Statistics: Impacts and Opportunities
Samish (506)
Andrew Reamer, Research Professor, George Washington University

Talk 5: Partnerships Between Academia and Industry
Sauk (507)
Grant Long
, Senior Economist, StreetEasy
Michael Luca, Lee J. Styslinger III Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Talk 6: I Recruit Economists: Ask Me Anything!
Tahuya (508)
Vince Ghiringhelli, Senior Technical Recruiter, Zillow
Ross Powell, Senior Technical Recruiter, Amazon


11:10 AM - 12:10 PM Concurrent Sessions

Track I: Putting Behavioral Economics into Practice 
Quinault
Elisabeth Costa, Senior Director, The Behavioural Insights Team
Min Gong, Principal Behavioral Scientist / Data Scientist; Head of Applied Behavioral Science, Walmart
Emil Iantchev, Team Leader, Head of Portfolio Construction Research, Global Asset Allocation and Strategic Advisers, Fidelity Investments
Moderator: Josh Schwartzstein, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Track II: PropTech
Willapa
James Chung, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, StratoDem Analytics
Daryl Fairweather, Chief Economist, RedFin
Moderator: Frank Nothaft, CBE, Chief Economist, CoreLogic

Track III: Transportation Market Design for Consumers vs. Businesses 
Cowlitz (502)
Ruben Kogel, Head of Data Analytics, Lime
Emily Kolinski Morris, CBE, Chief Economist, Ford Motor Company
Max Schmeiser, Head of Data Science, Convoy Inc
Moderator: Duncan Gilchrist, Pricing & Incentives, Uber

12:15 PM - 1:35 PM Luncheon: The Ethical Algorithm
Elwha
Aaron Roth, 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Anissa Tanweer, Research Scientist, Human-Centered Data Science, University of Washington
Introduction: Peter Lorentzen, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco

1:40 PM - 2:20 PM  Frontiers of Machine Learning and AI
Elwha
Zoubin Ghahramani, Chief Scientist, Uber
Introduction: Josh Wright, Chief Economist, iCIMS

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM  Fireside Chat 
Elwha
Jeff Wilke, CEO, Amazon Worldwide Consumer
Moderator: Steve Tadelis, Amazon Economist Fellow, AWS Business Systems / Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM  Tour of Amazon's The Spheres 
Pre-registration required - SOLD OUT

 

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