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Shoshana Vasserman

Stanford Graduate School of Business
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2019Voluntary Disclosure and Personalized Pricing
with S. Nageeb Ali, Gregory Lewis: w26592
A concern central to the economics of privacy is that firms may use consumer data to price discriminate. A common response is that consumers should have control over their data and the ability to choose how firms access it. Since firms draw inferences based on both the data seen as well as the consumer’s disclosure choices, the strategic implications of this proposal are unclear. We investigate whether such measures improve consumer welfare in monopolistic and competitive environments. We find that consumer control can guarantee gains for every consumer type relative to both perfect price discrimination and no personalized pricing. This result is driven by two ideas. First, consumers can use disclosure to amplify competition between firms. Second, consumers can share information that induc...
November 2019Comment on "Procurement Choices and Infrastructure Costs"
in Economics of Infrastructure Investment, Edward L. Glaeser and James M. Poterba, editors
 
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