Smithpage Contact Information:
Heinz College
Carnegie Mellon University
4800 Forbes Avenue, HBH 2204
Pittsburgh PA, 15213
Email: mds@cmu.edu
Voice: 412-268-5978
Fax: 412-268-5338
Office: Hamburg Hall 2204
Assistant: Kristen Yeager (Cubicle Outside HBH 2204 | 412-268-7148)
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Updates:

  • October-19: I was featured in a broadcast on NPR Marketplace about the upcoming streaming wars.
  • September-19: I was quoted in a segment on NPR Marketplace. The segment dealt with the value consumers and creators will derive from Black Entertainment Television’s upcoming BET+ online streaming platform.
  • August-19: My paper with Brett Danaher, Jonathan Hersh, and Rahul Telang on how blocking pirate websites impacts legal consumption was accepted for publication at MIS Quarterly. In the paper we analyze how ISP-level site blocking in the UK impacted legal consumption. We find that blocking a single site in 2012 “caused no increase in usage of legal sites but instead caused users to increase visits to other unblocked piracy sites and VPN sites” but that the subsequent blocking on 19 pirate sites in 2013 and 53 additional sites in 2014 “caused treated users to decrease piracy and to increase their usage of legal subscription sites by 7-12%.”
  • August-19: I participated in a panel at the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum titled “What is the Future of Entertainment? Streaming Innovation: New Outlets, New Threats“.
  • July-19: I was featured in an article in Variety about CEO John Stankey’s work to reposition WarnerMedia.
  • July-19: My paper with Rahul Telang and Liron Sivan titled “Do Search Engines Influence Media Piracy?  Evidence from a Randomized Field Study” is now forthcoming on the website of the journal MIS Quarterly. The paper shows that “reducing the prominence of infringing links in search results causes users who otherwise would have consumed infringing content to switch their consumption to paid legal content.
  • June-19: I was featured in a CNBC article talking about how musical artists can use their internet presence to create direct connections with their fans.
  • June-19: I was featured in a Marketplace article about the break up of Apple’s iTunes digital media software application.
  • May-19: My paper with Jeffrey Hu and Hailiang Chen was published in this month’s issue of Management Science, and was featured in the Management Science research blog.  In the paper we analyze the impact of delayed Kindle releases on hardcover book sales and overall book sales. We find that delaying Kindle availability has very little impact of hardcover sales and significantly hurts Kindle sales.
  • April-19: My article with Rahul Telang titled “Why Isn’t Hulu Better?” was published on HBR.org.
  • March-19: My paper with Rahul Telang and Yi Zhang analyzing the impact of iTunes availability on piracy was published in the International Journal of the Economics of Business. In the paper, we use data from 1520 catalog movies that were introduced to the iTunes movie store between April 2011 and April 2012. Our data show that availability on iTunes causes an 11.8% decrease in monthly piracy levels.
  • March-19:  I was quoted in an Associated Press story about AT&T’s reorganization of WarnerMedia.
  • February-19:  Rahul Telang and my article, “Netflix and the Economics of Bundling” was featured on Harvard Business Review.
  • February-19:  I participated in a research symposium on “Safe Harbors and Private Ordering” hosted by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property.
  • October-18:  I presented “The Impact of Piracy Notice Sending on Consumer Behavior for Entertainment:  
Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in the UK” at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property Fall Conference “IP for the Next Generation of Technology”.
  • September-18:  I presented “The Impact of Piracy Notice Sending on Consumer Behavior for Entertainment: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in the UK” at the 2018 Mallen Conference on Filmed Entertainment Economics.
  • September-18: I gave a keynote presentation at the Fifth Korea Cultural Contents Forum on “Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • September-18:  My paper with Hal Varian and Seth Stephens-Davidowitz titled “Super Returns to Super Bowl Ads?” was awarded the Dick Wittink Award for the best paper published in Quantitative Marketing and Economics in 2017.

 

 

 

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