The NBER held a conference on the "Economics of Digitization" in Utah on June 6-7, 2013. The organizers were Shane Greenstein of Northwestern University and NBER, Avi Goldfarb of the University of Toronto, and Catherine Tucker of MIT and NBER. The following papers were discussed:
Ajay Agrawal and Nicola Lacetera, University of Toronto and NBER; John Horton, oDesk Research ; and Elizabeth Lyons, University of Toronto, "Digitization and the Contract Labor Market: A Research Agenda"
Michael Baye, Babur De Los Santos, and Matthijs Wildenbeest, Indiana University, "Searching for Physical and Digital Media: The Evolution of Platforms for Finding Books"
Catherine Mann, Brandeis University, "Information Lost (Apologies to Milton)"
Randall Lewis and David Reiley, Google, Inc., and Justin Rao, Microsoft Research, "Measuring the Effects of Advertising: The Digital Frontier"
Joshua Gans, University of Toronto and NBER, and Hanna Halaburda, Harvard University, "Some Economics of Pure Digital Currencies"
Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro, University of Chicago and NBER, "Ideology and the Demand for News Online"
Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT and NBER, and Lynn Wu, University of Pennsylvania, "The Future of Prediction: How Google Searches Foreshadow Housing Prices and Sales"
Hal Varian, Google, Inc., and the University of California at Berkeley, "Bayesian Variable Selection for Nowcasting Economic Time Series"
Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota and NBER, "And the Bands Played On: Digital Disintermediation and the Quality of New Recorded Music"
Megan MacGarvie, Boston University and NBER, and Petra Moser, Stanford University and NBER, "Copyright and the Profitability of Authorship - Evidence from Book Contracts in the Romantic Period"
Tatiana Komarova, London School of Economics; Denis Nekipelov, University of California at Berkeley; and Evgeny Yakovlev, New Economic School, "Estimation of Treatment Effects from Combined Data: Identification versus Data Security"
Brett Danaher, Wellesley College, and Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, Carnegie Mellon University, "Pro Copyright Enforcement in a Digital Age"
Timothy Simcoe, Boston University and NBER, "The Endogenous Modularity of the Internet"
Scott Wallsten, Technology Policy Institute, "What Are We Not Doing When We're Online, And How Much Is That Worth?"
Susan Athey, Stanford University and NBER, and Scott Stern, MIT and NBER, "The Nature & Incidence of Software Piracy: Evidence from Windows"