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  • July 10, 2024

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Agents, Landlords and Tenants: Price Regulation in a Thick Two-sided Market

    Speaker: Jan David Bakker, Bocconi University
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B + 3.3.002C

    This paper examines the impacts of new policies aimed at reducing the cost of renting by regulating the actions of intermediaries in the rental market. We highlight how information frictions between buyers and intermediaries can give rise to rents in the thick two-sided market. The distribution of these rents between intermediaries and sellers, as well as the impact of price regulation, depends on ...

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  • January 17, 2024

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Who Is AI Replacing? The Impact of Generative AI on Online Freelancing Platforms

    Speaker: Jonas Hannane, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B + 3.3.002C

    This paper studies the impact of generative AI technology on the demand for online freelancers using a large dataset from a leading global freelancing platform. We focus on how the release of generative AI tools affects various freelance jobs that require different skills or software. Our findings indicate a 21 percent decrease following the ChatGPT introduction in the number of job posts for ...

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  • November 1, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    BigTech and Start-Ups: Multi-Product Mergers and Innovation

    Speaker: Claudia Salim, University of Klagenfurt
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:00
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B + 3.3.002C

    The acquisitions of startups by Google, Amazon, Meta, Amazon and Microsoft have steadily increased over the past years and have become more diversified. The current discussion about strategic motives for such acquisitions is vivid – especially in light of present concerns about the market power of gatekeepers, faster technological advances and digitalization. The principal question remains whether ...

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  • October 18, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Heterogeneous Sourcing, CO2 Emissions and Trade

    Speaker: Robin Sogalla, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B + 3.3.002C

    International trade separates the location where emissions occur (production) and where they are ultimately consumed. Thus, a substantial share of emissions is embodied in international trade. Moreover, firms within narrowly defined industries differ in their emission intensity. However, most firm-level studies only consider the direct emissions released during the production process. In this ...

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  • September 20, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Local Currency Pricing by Firms: Evidence from China’s Renminbi (RMB) Reforms

    Speaker: Sonali Chowdhry, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B + 3.3.002C

    This paper examines the impact of RMB internationalization reforms on invoicing currency choices of firms exporting to China. Using detailed French customs data spanning 2011-2017, it documents three novel stylized facts on RMB adoption and suggests a novel mechanism that drives the self-selection of firms into RMB invoicing. Additionally, it provides causal estimates of the impact of RMB use on ...

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  • June 28, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    How Divestitures Affect Bargaining Power

    Speaker: Yann Delaprez, European University Institute
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    This paper studies how bargaining power is affected by merger and divestiture policies. I provide a new empirical framework to compute bounds on brand-level bargaining weights using widely available sales data. Next, I exploit the variation in brand ownership caused by a large merger, cleared conditional on divestiture, in the U.S. deodorant market, to quantify the extent to which divestitures ...

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  • June 14, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    What is the Right Geographic Market Definition?

    Speaker: Themistoklis Kampouris, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:00
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    What is the “right” geographic definition of relevant markets? We study how unexpected and exogenous increases in excise duties in petroleum products were passed-through to retail prices in the Athens region and examine how the degree of the pass-through varies across different geographic relevant markets. Using various definitions of the relevant geographic market, we find that the most ...

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  • June 7, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    When Competition is not Desired: the Case of Antibiotic Prescribing

    Speaker: Temulun Borjigen, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    Antibiotics are effective in treating bacterial infections. However, the excessive usage of antibiotics leads to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which significantly reduces their effectiveness. Current strategies to address antibiotic resistance mainly target primary care physicians, who serve as the gatekeepers of antibiotic prescriptions in many countries. Therefore, it is ...

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  • May 17, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Government Ownership and Competition: Evidence from the European Airline Industry

    Speaker: Christina Stadler, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    This paper empirically analyses the impact of government ownership on competition in monopoly and duopoly markets. We use the European Airline Industry as a laboratory. In our empirical strategy we exploit two sources of exogenous variations that allow us to cleanly filter out the effect of government ownership on the likelihood of exit. First, we study government ownership that was triggered by a ...

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  • May 3, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Limited Price Competition Among Real Estate Agents and the Role of Inattention

    Speaker: Julius Stoll, Hertie School
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    This paper relates incomplete price competition among real estate agents to inattentive home sellers. I exploit a recent legal reform in Germany which specifically aimed to increase price competition among real estate agents by raising the cost salience of sellers. I find that the reform backfired and real estate agents exploited the transition to increase their total commission rate by 0.3 ...

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  • April 19, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Free Allocation and Exports

    Speaker: Robin Sogalla, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    The European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) is the key policy tool of the EU to reduce GHG emissions. To prevent carbon leakage, most of the emission permits have been allocated for free in the industrial sector. A carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) will be introduced end of 2023 as an alternative carbon leakage protection instrument. However, the CBAM will only gradually replace free ...

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  • March 29, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Competition and VAT Pass-Through

    Speaker: Themistoklis Kampouris, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    We examine how competition affects VAT pass-through in isolated oligopolistic markets as defined by the Greek islands. Using daily gasoline prices and a difference-in-differences methodology, we study how changes in VAT rates are passed through to consumers in islands with different number of retailers. We show that pass-through increases with competition, going from 50% in monopoly to around 80% ...

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  • March 15, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Are M&As Spurring or Stifling Innovation? - Evidence from Antidiabetic Drug Development

    Speaker: Jo Seldeslachts, DIW Berlin & KU Leuven
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    The innovation impact of acquisitions of small targets with products close to launch by large product market incumbents is currently debated, weighing whether incumbents might preemptively terminate or “kill” the innovative projects of these targets. This paper provides empirical evidence on which M&A deals spur and which stifle innovation. To this end, we not only look at the product market ...

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  • March 1, 2023

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    The Housing Market in Public and Political Debate - a Text Analysis

    Speaker: Caroline Stiel, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B+C

    The Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics organized by the Firms and Markets Department * provides an opportunity to present on-going research, * focuses on advances in applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and economic policy issues, * serves as a forum for discussing both academic and project-related research, * intends to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. ...

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  • January 18 - 19, 2023

    Workshop

    Workshop Economic and Psychological Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Self-employed

    Location: Joan Robinson Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 3.3.002a
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin

    Based on various data sources, the workshop will examine the economic and psychological situation of the self-employed three years after the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. Next to analyzing the immediate impact of the crisis, the workshop will address the adjustment measures taken by the self-employed and the long-term consequences. Possible research questions include what strategies the self ...

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  • December 7, 2022

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Government Ownership and Competition: Evidence from the European Airline Industry following the COVID-19-Pandemic

    Speaker: Christina Stadler, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Rooms 3.3.002A+B+C

    This paper empirically analyses the impact of government ownership on competition. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent governmental equity interventions in the European airline industry provides for a particularly ideal setting to investigate this topic, and this for several reasons. First, airline markets and competition therein are well-defined and well-understood. Second, European countries ...

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  • November 16, 2022

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Sponsored Bids in Online Labor Markets

    Speaker: Jonas Hannane, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Ferdinand Friedensburg Room 2.3.001

    Advertising on e-commerce platforms, which enables third-party sellers to place their products as sponsored listings within organic results, is a widespread phenomenon, creating large revenues for online marketplaces. While economic theory suggests that advertising can serve as a signal for product quality, the empirical evidence is ambiguous. In this project, I collect data from a leading online ...

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  • November 9, 2022

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    The Emission Intensity Effect: Carbon Border Adjustments in the Presence of Heterogeneous Firms

    Speaker: Robin Sogalla, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Karl Popper Room 2.3.020

    In the absence of globally coordinated action to combat climate change, governments are concerned that ambitious carbon pricing could harm the competitiveness of emission-intensive industries. A prominent measure to prevent that manufacturing producers relocate to countries with laxer environmental regulation are carbon border adjustments often referred to as carbon tariffs. Several studies have ...

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  • October 19, 2022

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Competition and Mergers with Strategic Data Intermediaries

    Speaker: Antoine Dubus, ETH Zürich
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Room 3.3.002a-c

    We analyze mergers between strategic data intermediaries collecting consumer information that they sell to firms competing in a product market. We show that a merger: (a) reduces the intensity of competition in the product market through a change in the selling strategies of merging intermediaries; (b) increases data collection, reducing consumer surplus through a better rent extraction. We argue ...

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  • October 12, 2022

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Role of Institutions for High Growth Firms in European Regions

    Speaker: Sara Amoroso, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Rooms 3.3.002a-c

    High growth firms are high on the policy agenda as empirical evidence consistently shows that they disproportionately contribute to economic growth via net job creation. Several innovation scholars analyze how high growth entrepreneurship responds to the local enabling environment, such as institutional and framework conditions. However, the majority of these studies look at the role of formal ...

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