Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

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The joint seminar of the departments "Firms and Markets", "Competition and Consumers", and the research group "Entrepreneurship":

  • 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.


Time: Friday, 10:30 - 11:30
(time subject to variation)
Place: Anna J. Schwartz Room (5.2.010), DIW Berlin, Mohrenstraße 58

Coordination: Maximilian Schäfer and Kevin Tran

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July 10, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Determinants and effects of mergers and acquisitions: Evidence from drug projects in the diabetes market

Speaker: Jan Malek
Location: Online seminar via Webex
Time:
15:00 - 15:30

This is an online seminar using Webex. You will receive the login data with the invitation to the talk. Abstract:   There is an ongoing debate both in academia and in policy circles about the effects of takeovers of small, young firms by large incumbents in innovative industries. Many argue that such takeovers are anticompetitive and harm innovation by killing off nascent competition. ...

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June 12, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Physician effects in antibiotic prescribing: Evidence from physician exits

Speaker: Shan Huang
Location: Online seminar via Webex
Time:
15:00 - 16:00

This is an online seminar using Webex. You will receive the login data with the invitation to the talk. Abstract:   Antibiotic resistance is a severe problem within our current health systems. One of the main strategies to combat the rise of antibiotic resistance is to improve individual physicians' antibiotic prescribing practices. However, this strategy requires that differences in ...

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June 5, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Airbnb and Rents: Evidence from Berlin

Speaker: Kevin Tran
Location: Online seminar via Webex
Time:
14:30 - 15:30

This is an online seminar using Webex. You will receive the login data with the invitation to the talk. Abstract:   Cities worldwide have regulated the peer-to-peer short-term rental market claiming that those markets remove apartments from the long-term housing market, causing an increase in rents. However, at the time many of these policies were passed, empirical evidence for or ...

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May 20, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Big Tech Acquisitions in the Google Play Store

Speaker: Pauline Affeldt
Location: Online seminar via Webex
Time:
14:30 - 15:30

This is an online seminar using Webex. You will receive the login data with the invitation to the talk. Abstract:  In the last ten years, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft (GAFAM) acquired more than 400 companies, predominantly in the technological sector. Competition authorities did not scrutinize most of these transactions, as they did not reach the traditional thresholds, ...

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May 7, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Common Ownership, Markups and Productivity: Evidence from European Firms

Speaker: Nuria Boot
Location: Online seminar via Webex
Time:
14:30 - 15:30

This is an online seminar using Webex. You will receive the login data with the invitation to the talk. Abstract:  This paper analyzes the relationship between common ownership – when two firms are partially held by the same investor – and markups. Combining firm-level financial data from Europe with ownership data of publicly listed firms, we structurally estimate production ...

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April 17, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

The CoRisk-Index: A data-mining approach to identify industry-specific risk assessments related to COVID-19 in real-time

Speaker: Fabian Braesemann (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)
Location: Online seminar via Webex
Time:
14:30 - 15:30

This event takes place virtually as webinar via Zoom. Abstract:  While the coronavirus spreads around the world, governments are attempting to reduce contagion rates at the expense of negative economic effects. Market expectations have plummeted, foreshadowing the risk of a global economic crisis and mass unemployment. Governments provide huge financial aid programmes to mitigate the expected ...

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April 9, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Modeling Geographical Preferences to Study the Welfare Implication of Airbnb's Presence in the Short-Term Accomodation Market

Speaker: Maximilian Schäfer
Location: Online seminar via Webex
Time:
13:45 - 14:45

Abstract:  We study competition between Airbnb and hotel accommodations in Paris in 2017 to assess the welfare implications of Airbnb’s presence on hotels and travelers. The existing literature on the subject exclusively uses across city variation in Airbnb diffusion. Consequently, it does not take into account that the location of an accommodation within a city might be an important ...

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March 13, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Market Concentration in Europe: Evidence based on Antitrust Markets (canceled)

Speaker: Tomaso Duso
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time:
10:30 - 11:30
- Cancelled -

Abstract:  An increasing body of empirical evidence has documented trends to risen concentration, profits, markups, and market power in many industries across the world since the 1980s. Several factors – such as globalisation, digitisation, the increased role of intangible assets and sunk costs, as well as M&A activity and the (under)enforcement of merger control– have been ...

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February 28, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Decomposing Trust

Speaker: Jana Friedrichsen
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:30

Abstract:  Trust is thought to be an important driver of economic growth and other economic outcomes. Previous studies suggest that trust may be a combination of risk attitudes, distributional preferences, betrayal aversion, and beliefs about the probability of being reciprocated. We compare the results of a binary trust game to the results of a series of control treatments that remove the ...

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February 14, 2020
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Battling Antibiotic Resistance: Can Machine Learning Improve Prescribing?

Speaker: Hannes Ullrich
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:30

Abstract:  Antibiotic misuse due to prescribing under diagnostic uncertainty is a leading driver of antibiotic resistance. We investigate the magnitude and mechanisms by which machine learning predictions can enable policies that reduce antibiotic misuse. Building on predictions from administrative data on urinary tract infections in Denmark, we evaluate counterfactual policies that replace ...

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December 20, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Determinants of Ownership Changes in the Market for Diabetes

Speaker: Jan Malek
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: Time change: 10:00 - 11:00

Abstract:  This paper investigates the determinants of ownership changes of drug candidates in one of the most important current pharma markets —the market for diabetes. We in particular look at how do the competitive circumstances, progress in clinical development and radicalness of the drug candidates matter in these decisions. We use newly constructed, very granular dataset tracking ...

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December 6, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Data Network Effects: The Example of Internet Search

Speaker: Maximilian Schäfer
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 11:00 - 11:30

Abstract:   The rise of dominant firms in data driven industries is often credited to their alleged data advantage. Empirical evidence lending support to this conjecture is lacking. In this paper, we show that data as an input into machine learning tasks displays features that favor the hypothesis that data is a source of market power. We study the search result quality for search keywords on ...

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December 6, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Partitioned Pricing and Consumer Welfare

Speaker: Kevin Tran
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Abstract:   In online commerce, obfuscation strategies by sellers are hypothesized to mislead consumers to their detriment and to the profit of sellers. One such obfuscation strategy is partitioned pricing in which the price is split into a base price and add-on fees. While empirical evidence suggests that partitioned pricing impacts consumer decisions through salience effects, its consumer ...

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November 29, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Antibiotic Prescribing and Diagnostic Testing: Physician Behavior in the Case of Urinary Tract Infection

Speaker: Shan Huang
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Abstract: When a patient with symptoms of urinary tract infection arrives at a physician's office, it needs to decide which antibiotic drug to prescribe. A drug's efficacy in treating the infection depends on the individual, time-dependent resistance profile of the bacterium causing the infection. Physicians can conduct antibiotic susceptibility tests in order to create current resistance profiles ...

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November 22, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

State-owned Firms and Payout Policy - Evidence from German Municipal Firms

Speaker: Astrid Cullmann, DIW Berlin & TU Berlin
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:30

This study investigates the payout policy of state-owned municipal firms. Based on insights from agency theory we derive an empirically testable model based on Lintner's corporate dividend policy model accounting for the characteristics of state-owned firms in terms of corporate governance and ownership structure. Exploiting a large and new panel dataset on German firms from the years 2003 to 201 ...

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November 8, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Choosing between Explicit Cartel Formation and Tacit Collusion – An Experiment

Speaker: Maximilian Andres, University of Potsdam
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:30

Abstract: Antitrust authorities try to detect and sanction existing cartels and hinder the formation of new ones. Firms nevertheless try to collude while avoiding sanctions, for example by colluding tacitly instead of explicitly forming a cartel. In this paper, we focus on differences in the communication of firms that either form an explicit cartel or try to collude tacitly. The latter may still ...

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November 1, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Incumbency Advantage: Theory and Possible Applications

Speaker: Christoph Wolf, Bocconi University, Joanna Piechucka
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:30

Joanna and Christoph will do a joint IOBB to exchange ideas on a possible project on incumbency advantage and mergers in procurement auctions. In the first part of the seminar, they will discuss possible theoreotical explanations and consequences of incumbency advantage. This will open the floor for discussion on how data from procurement auctions in the French urban transport industry can be ...

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October 11, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Evaluation of Bidding Groups in First-price Auctions

Speaker: Christine Zulehner, University of Vienna
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:30

Abstract: In this paper, we analyze bidding groups that participate in procurement auctions. Our main question is to ask, whether in the absence of the joint bid, there could have been two or more independent bids and if yes, these bids yield a different final outcome. We utilize data from the Austrian construction sector and estimate models of first-price sealed-bid auctions with endogenous entry ...

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September 13, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Performance, Competition and Corporate Social Responsibility in Organisations

Speaker: Michaelis Drouvelis, University of Birmingham
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:30

Abstract: We examine experimentally the impact of corporate social responsibility techniques on individuals’ performance and willingness to compete. Our baseline treatment adopts the Niederle-Vesterlund (2007) paradigm whereby individuals perform a task under piece-rate and tournament incentives, followed by an opportunity to determine which of the two payment schemes they prefer. In our ...

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August 9, 2019
Brown Bag Seminar Cluster Industrial Economics

Drug Firms’ payments and physician prescribing behavior in the US

Speaker: Melissa Newham
Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 10:30 - 11:30

The joint seminar of the departments "Firms and Markets" and "Competition and Consumers": 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. Time: Friday, 10: ...

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