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Network/Market Stability for the iPhone 6 Plus?

Given the fact that the iPhone 6 and 6 plus were released two months ago (to the date, I might add), their consumer base and favorability have had numerous gains and setbacks in the time they’ve been in the market. The sources below depict the remarkable attempt by Apple to make significant profits off of […]

Marriage, Divorce and Asymmetric Information

Economists analyzed data from the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) in order to assess the role of asymmetric information on marriages and consequently on divorce rates given that each spouse has private information in regards to their outside options. In the survey, each spouse was asked the following questions: 1)      Even though it […]

Reduced Pressure on Profitability for Social Media Companies

Compared to established publicly traded companies, social media companies are relatively undeveloped, yet their valuations suggest otherwise. For instance, the market capitalization (how much the company is worth) for Facebook is about $200 billion. That is more than the value of Pepsi, even though Pepsi makes money every time a customer buys a drink whereas […]

Information Cascade and the Spread of Fake Quotes

More likely than not, you’ve uttered a quote that was either never actually said or attributed to the wrong person. The reason for this is twofold. Often what is actually said is never as simple or elegant or beautiful as it sounds when polished a bit, and it may be edited a bit to include […]

Information Cascading

Information cascades occur when people make decisions based off of their observations of others’ actions. This phenomenon takes place anywhere from the protests on the streets of New York to how stocks rise in the stock market. An example of this occurred in Netflix’s share value 4 years ago. The price of the stock began […]

Market for Lemons and Obamacare

Before I begin, I want to point out that I’m not even going to pretend that I know a large amount about politics or Obamacare, nor do I want this blog post to be seen in any way as biased towards one political view or another. Having said that, I’m going to discuss an article […]

Bill Cosby’s Fallout explained by an Information Cascade The article addresses the sexual assault accusations that are piling up against Bill Cosby and how they are putting Bill Cosby’s career in limbo. The former model Janice Dickinson spoke in a television interview on Tuesday about how Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her. With Janice Dickinson’s accusation on Tuesday, Bill Cosby now has at […]

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Secret to Signaling Quality

Today in class we discussed the idea of signaling quality of used cars in some fashion to raise the interest of buyers and compete against sellers with good cars. The goal of advertising agencies is just that: manipulating people’s opinions by changing their perceived valuation for an object. The decision process for buyers as discussed […]

Google or Bing? Ad Wars Heat Up

Source: It appears that Google is no longer completely dominant when it comes to serving ads. It recently came to light that EBay has dropped Google AdWords for it’s text ads that appear at the bottom of it’s mobile pages. It has instead elected to use BingAds. This may seem strange because Google is the […]

Network Effects in the Adoption of Low Cost Internet Technologies This study examined whether or not the network effects/externality theory could be applied as a behavioral model of lower cost internet technology adoption. Network externality theory requires that people calculate the value of a network based on the number of members in the network. The paper hypothesizes that whilst network size may be an […]

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