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Faculty Profile: Benjamin R. Shiller

Benjamin R. Shiller

Assistant Professor of Economics

Industrial Organization, Economics of the Internet, Applied Microeconomics

Relatively new phenomenon like internet commerce and massive data collection on consumer behavior (Big Data) may induce fundamental changes to activity within the economy. My research goal is to study these changes. Examples of my research include studying whether personalized pricing, i.e. setting unique prices to different individuals based on their web-browsing behavior, is profitable, and what impact this will have on consumers. I have also studied how digitizing entertainment products impacts markets, via optimal pricing strategies and by shutting down resale. By completing this research, and regularly attending conferences, I try to keep up to date on new research findings. I incorporate this knowledge directly into my teaching.

University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
Brandeis University, B.A.