USC Marshall Initiative on Digital Competition

USC Initiative on Digital Competition

About

The continued and rapid growth of E-commerce has generated questions about the consequences for society, business, and the global economy. The USC Marshall Initiative on Digital Competition, starting in January 2021, aims to discover insights on these questions through a collaboration of industry practitioners and academics from business disciplines as well as non-business disciplines (e.g. computer science, economics, law, communications); and disseminate these insights to a broad set of audiences that includes academics, business leaders, and the public.

Topics of Interest

  • Analysis of innovation, disruption, and competition for online platforms and their ecosystems
  • Implications of regulatory policies on digital platform competition, and value creation
  • Evaluation of policy proposals by lawmakers, think tanks, as well as by industry trade groups and consumer advocates

 Core Team

Anthony Dukes

Anthony Dukes

Chair and Professor of Marketing

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Danny Sokol

Daniel Sokol

Professor of Law, USC Gould and Affiliate Professor USC Marshall

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Robin Thimbriel

Robin Thimbriel

Administrative Coordinator Initiative on Digital Competition

(She/Her/Hers)

Research Affiliates

External Affiliates

Carmelo Cennamo

Carmelo Cennamo

Research Focus: Platform ecosystems, Competition in digital markets, Platform competition and platform disruption, Digital transformation at market and sector level

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Yuxin Chen

Yuxin Chen

Research Focus: Data-driven Marketing, Internet Marketing, Competitive Strategies, Structural Empirical Models, Bayesian Econometric Methods

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Anindya Ghose

Anindya Ghose

Research Focus: Social Media, Text Mining of User-Generated Content, Digital, Advertising and Marketing, Mobile Apps, Mobile Internet and, Mobile Commerce, Electronic Commerce, Crowdfunding

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Anja Lambrecht

Anja Lambrecht

Research Focus: Pricing, Choice and usage under nonlinear pricing, Biases in tariff choice, Online advertising, Electronic markets

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Oke Odudu

Oke Odudu

Research Focus: Antitrust law, Cartels, Competition law, European Union law

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Wonseok Oh

Wonseok Oh

Research Focus: Economics of IT and AI, Consumer Data Analytics, AI & Emerging Technologies, Digital Marketing

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Research Focus: Internet Market Efficiency, Customer Choice Behavior at Shopbots, Internet Pricing Behavior, Peer-to-Peer Network Efficiency and Design

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Catherine Tucker

Catherine Tucker

Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne

Research Focus: Economics of Free Software & Platform Innovation, Network Effects & Information Product Design, Information Economics & Antispam Technologies, Information Flow & White Collar Productivity

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Hema Yoganarasimhan

Hema Yoganarasimhan

Research Focus: Digital Marketing, Online Advertising,Two-Sided Markets, Auctions, Online Search.

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Michael Zhang

Michael Zhang

Research Focus: Business Analytics, Digital Finance, Online advertising, Economics of Artificial Intelligence

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Feng Zhu

Feng Zhu

Research Focus: Technology and Operations Management

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USC Affiliates

Davide Proserpio

Davide Proserpio

Assistant Professor of Marketing & Kenneth King Stonier Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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Guofu Tan

Guofu Tan

Tianshu Sun

Tianshu Sun

Robert R. Dockson Associate Professor in Business Administration & Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

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Kalinda Ukanwa

Kalinda Ukanwa

Assistant Professor of Marketing

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Events

Data and Innovation: Solutions and Business Models in the Digital Economy

Panelist: Anindya Ghose (NYU Stern) and Catherine Tucker (MIT Sloan)

Moderators: Daniel Sokol (USC) and Marcela Mattiuzzo (Coordinator of the LGPD GT of the IBRAC Digital Markets Committee)

 

Jems Digital Transformation Conference

Jems Digital Transformation Conference

Directors: Anthony Dukes & D. Daniel Sokol

Special Issues of JEMS devoted to digital business
Attendance Options: Live and Virtual info.idc@marshall.usc.edu

Platform Acquisitions

Platform Acquisitions

The USC Marshall Initiative on Digital Competition invites you to Platform Acquisitions, a webinar series on identifying the legal and business issues involving acquisitions of startups by larger platforms. Panelists will provide perspectives from venture capital, corporate venture capital, acquirers and founders.

Future of Antitrust Enforcement in the Biden Administration

Future of Antitrust Enforcement in the Biden Administration

Legal experts and former U.S. government officials discuss what will be the new Administration’s priorities. Join us for this hour-long online panel conversation.

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 13 9-10 AM PT

Webinar

Moderator: D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, USC Gould and Affiliate Professor USC Marshall

Panelists: Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto; Ginger Jin, University of Maryland, and Oke Odudu University of Cambridge

This webinar examines:

How do we address competing goals of privacy and regulation?

How do we promote value creation for platforms (without stifling innovation) while addressing potential competitive harms?

What have we learned in academic research empirically in recent years that needs to be brought to bear in policy discussions on platforms?

 

Podcasts

The Platform Competition Podcast features the Directors Dr. Anthony Dukes and Dr. D. Daniel Sokol diving deep into conversation on insights of e-commerce and digital platforms through collaboration of industry practitioners and academics from business disciplines and beyond. This podcast is for everyone; as we celebrate the innovation, the diversity, and the voices - in America, and around the world.

Podcast 1

Michael Grenfell, Executive Director, Competition and Markets Authority (UK)

Podcast 2

Reiko Aoki, Commissioner, Japan Fair Trade Commission

Podcast 3

Matthew Boswell, Commission, Competition Bureau of Canada;
Jeanne Pratt, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch;
Anthony Durocher, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch

Contact

Email: info.idc@marshall.usc.edu