Congressional testimony on peer-to-peer business and the sharing economy, 01/15/2014
Selected recent scientific papers (back to top)
Prediction in Economic Networks. Information Systems Research (forthcoming)
Dynamic Pricing of Network Goods with Boundedly Rational Consumers. PNAS (2014)
Digital Access, Political Networks and the Diffusion of Democracy. Social Networks (2014) Editors' Choice, Science
Information in Digital, Economic and Social Networks. Information Systems Research (2013)
Engineering Social Contagions: Optimal Network Seeding in the Presence of Homophily. Network Science (2013)
The Visible Hand? Demand Effects of Recommendation Networks in Electronic Markets. Management Science (2012)
Recommendation Networks and the Long Tail of Electronic Commerce. MIS Quarterly (2012)
Pricing Digital Goods: Discontinuous Costs and Shared Infrastructures. Information Systems Research (2011)
Popular older papers
Distinguishing Influence Based Contagion from Homophily Driven Diffusion in Dynamic Networks. PNAS (2009)
Optimal Design of Crowdsourcing Contests. ICIS (2009)
Opinion Mining Using Econometrics: A Case Study on Reputation Systems. ACL (2007)
Local Network Effects and Complex Network Structure. BE Journal of Theoretical Economics (2007)
Information Technologies in Business: A Blueprint for Education and Research. Information Systems Research (2007)
Evaluating Pricing Strategy Using E-Commerce Data. Statistical Science (2006)
Nonlinear Pricing of Information Goods. Management Science (2004)
Managing Digital Piracy: Pricing and Protection. Information Systems Research (2004)
Selected recent op-eds (back to top)
Trusting the Sharing Economy to Regulate Itself. The New York Times, March 2014.
With Graph Search, Its Facebook vs Facebook. Wired, March 2013
More Problems Ahead for Apple. CNBC, January 2013
From Zipcar to the Sharing Economy. Harvard Business Review, January 2013
Digital Social Visibility: How Facebook Gifts Change Our Choices. Wired, December 2012
All hail next-wave taxicab apps. NY Daily News, December 2012
Why the Government Doesn't Need to Regulate the Sharing Economy. Wired, October 2012
How Facebook Can Still Rule the Internet Economy. Bloomberg, September 2012
Selected recent media coverage
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The Morning Download. The Wall Street Journal, March 2014
Uber Cab Confessions. GQ Magazine, March 2014
The future of Bitcoin uncertain. CBS News, February 2014
Digital doubts after Bitcoin debacle. Reuters, February 2014
Editors' Choice: Information and Freedom Science, January 2014
The sharing economy: would you get in a car with a stranger? The Guardian, January 2014
Congress takes a casual look at the peer-to-peer economy. Financial Times, January 2014
Why Does New York Hate the Sharing Economy? Bloomberg, January 2014
Hopes for Productivity Revival in Sharing Economy. San Francisco Chronicle, January 2014
The Ride-Sharing, Handbag-Borrowing Productivity Revival. Bloomberg BusinessWeek, December 2013
From Geek Street to Main Streets. CNet, November 2013
Rentals that let you fly the coop. The New York Times, October 2013.
When online upstarts rattle the playing field. Chicago Tribune, October 2013.
'Sharing economy' is here to stay. Los Angeles Times, September 2013.
California to regulate ride-sharing groups. Financial Times, September 2013.
Barcode Nation. Foreign Policy, September 2013.
Uber Alles. The New Yorker, September 2013.
What the Sharing Economy Needs is a Little Less Democracy. Wired, August 2013.
Startups want their fair share.Crain's New York Business, August 2013.
Icahn's Plans for Apple Unlikely to Help. Yahoo Finance, August 2013.
Study Now, Pay Later. The Village Voice, August 2013.
Sharing economy moves mainstream. San Jose Mercury News, August 2013.
5 More Reasons You'll Be Cutting Your Cable TV Cord. Yahoo Finance, July 2013.
Caveat Sharer. TIME Magazine, June 2013.
Selected recent media interviews/profiles (back to top)
Mt.Gox's Bitcoin security breach isolated: NYU's Sundararajan. Reuters (video), February 2014
The Rise of Invisible Work. The Atlantic Cities, October 2013.
With Generational Shifts, The New Sharing Economy Flourishes. National Public Radio, September 2013.
Disruptive Business Model. Minnesota Public Radio (The Daily Circuit), August 2013.
The Sharing Economy. National Public Radio (On Point), July 2013.
Airbnb: When law clashes with the 'share economy'. CBC Radio (The Current), May 2013.
Can a Used E-Book Market Survive the Legal Attacks. CNBC, May 2013.
Balancing Innovation and Regulation in the Sharing Economy. TechCrunch (video), December 2012.
Blackouts could hurt India's economy. CNN (video), August 2012.
Selected recent and forthcoming speaking engagements (back to top)
OuiShare Fest 2014, Paris (May 2014) details
Collaborative, Sharing and Peer Economy Summit, NYU (March 2014)
Piper Jaffray Technology/Media Investor Conference, New York City (March 2014)
DRIVE Executive Summit, University of Washington (March 2014)
Social Media Week, New York City (February 2014) details
US House of Representatives, Washington DC (January 2014) testimony
The Digital Future of Higher Education (November 2013) summary
Techonomy 2013, Tucson (November 2013)
Cyberposium 2013, Harvard Business School (November 2013)
Economic Sociology Workshop, NYU (October 2013) summary
Shared Use Mobility Summit, UC Berkeley (October 2013)
Federal Reserve, San Francisco (October 2013)
L2 Clinic: Digital Influence, New York City (September 2013) AOL on Tech
NYU Stern Launch, New York City (August 2013) YouTube
Microsoft Research, New York City (August 2013)
Center for Urban Science+Progress, New York City (July 2013)
US Conference of Mayors, Las Vegas (June 2013)
ZEW Workshop on Social Network Formation and Peer Effects, Mannheim (June 2013)
Brief bio (back to top)
Arun Sundararajan is Professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also heads the Social Cities Initiative at NYU's Center for Urban Science+Progress, and is an affiliated faculty member at NYU's Center for Data Science. Professor Sundararajan's research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. Some of his current and recent research focuses on the governance of digital spaces, collaborative consumption and the sharing economy, social media and cities, digital institutions, contagion in networks, privacy strategy, pricing in digital markets and managing online piracy. He has published in numerous scientific journals and has given more than 200 conference and invited presentations internationally. His research has been recognized by four Best Paper awards, been supported by organizations that include Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google and IBM, and recently profiled by trade publications that include The Atlantic, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal. His op-eds and expert commentary have appeared in TIME Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Wired, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review, and on Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, BBC News and NPR. He has served as Director of NYU Stern's IS Doctoral Program since 2007, and is one of the founders of the Workshop on Information in Networks. He holds degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the University of Rochester. Follow him on Twitter @digitalarun
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Directions to my office (back to top)
(I frequently email some variant of the text in the following paragraph to my visitors and am reproducing it here for convenience. If you do want to visit me, please don't simply show up and knock on my door. Rather, make sure we have been in touch to schedule a meeting time first, or contact Sharon Kim. For interview requests and other media inquiries, contact Rika Nazem (212-998-0678) or Jessica Neville (416-516-7677) in the NYU Stern Office of Public Affairs.)
Stern office: The Kaufman Management Center is the building on the right when you face Gould Plaza, at the intersection of West 4th Street and Greene Street. Once you get past the security desk, take the elevators to the 8th floor. Turn left when you exit the elevators, walk to the end of the hallway and through the double doors on your right. You should now be in a small lobby-like area with a big book about big data on a small table. (If you aren't, you may be on the wrong floor. Or in the wrong building. Are you sure you're even in New York?) If you are, turn left again. I'm in room KMC 8-93, the second office down the corridor, the door with a large printout of this on it.
CUSP office: CUSP is on the 19th floor of the National Grid building at 1 Metrotech Center. If you're coming by subway, use the Myrtle Promenade exit from the Jay Street/Metrotech stop. 1 Metrotech Center is immediately on your right as you come out of the subway station. Enter the building and take the escalator on your right up to the security desk. Get past security (simply signing in does the trick, although there are other options), then take the elevators to the 19th floor. Walk through the main entrance into CUSP, turn right at the reception desk, walk to the end of the hallway, turn right again, walk to the end of the hallway again. My office is immediately to the right of the Bensonhurst conference area you see in front of you, room 1926.