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Consumer Protection in an Online World: An Analysis of Occupational Licensing

Chiara Farronato, Andrey Fradkin, Bradley Larsen, Erik Brynjolfsson

NBER Working Paper No. 26601
Issued in January 2020

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank Stone Bailey, Felipe Kup, Ziao Ju, Rebecca Li, Jessica Liu, Ian Meeker, Hirotaka Miura, Michael Pollmann, Nitish Vaidyanathan, and Chuan Yu for outstanding research assistance. We thank the company employees for sharing data and insights and participants at ASSA 2018, Boston University, Collegio Carlo Alberto, FTC Microeconomics Conference, INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Conference, Institute for Industrial Research Stockholm, Lehigh University, NBER PRIT 2019, Marketing Science Conference, Platform Strategy Research Symposium, SITE 2019 Occupational Licensing Conference, SOLE 2019, WISE 2018, and ZEW ICT for comments. We acknowledge support from grants through the Hellman Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. The company from which we obtained proprietary data reviewed the paper to make sure that confidential information was reported accurately. None of the authors have any material financial relationship with entities related to this research. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Erik Brynjolfsson ----

Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

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