Centre for Internet & Society

The Higher School of Economics and the New Economic School have joined hands to organize the ninth workshop on media economics in Moscow on October 28 and 29, 2011. All events are scheduled to take place in Marriott Courtyard, a hotel in the centre of Moscow within 10-minute walking distance from the Kremlin, the Red Square, and the Bolshoi Theatre.

Workshop Program

Friday, October 28, 2011
8:00 a.m. Morning coffee
8:45 a.m. Opening remarks 

Media markets - 1: Newspapers, Mergers, and Diversity

9:00 a.m.  Michal MASIKA, University of Munich
"Free commuter newspapers and the market for paid-for daily newspapers"
Discussant: Sergey V. Popov, Higher School of Economics
9:40 a.m.  Lapo FILISTRUCCHI, Tilburg University and University of Florence
Tobias J. Klein, Tilburg University
Thomas Michielsen, Tilburg University
"Merger Simulation in a Two-Sided Market: The Case of the Dutch Daily   Newspapers
Discussant: Lars Sørgard, Norwegian School of Economics
10:20 a.m.  Lisa GEORGE, Hunter College, City University of New York
Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Harvard Business School
"Diversity in Local Television News
Discussant: François Keslair, Paris School of Economics 
11:00 a.m.  Coffee break 

 Media markets and Internet - 1: Advertising and Search Engines

11:30 a.m.  Alexandre de CORNIÈRE, Paris School of Economics
"Search advertising
Discussant: Simon Anderson, University of Virginia
12:10 p.m.  Alexander WHITE, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management
Kamal Jain, Microsoft Research
"The Attention Economy of Search and Web Advertisement
Discussant: Sergei Izmalkov, New Economic School                                                                                                
12:50 p.m.  Lunch 

Political Economy - 1: Media, Elites, and the Groups of Influence 

2:00 p.m.  Leopoldo FERGUSSON, Universidad de Los Andes
"Media Markets, Special Interests, and Voters
Discussant: Alexei V. Zakharov, Higher School of Economics      
2:40 p.m.  David STRÖMBERG, IIES at Stockholm University
Ben Qin, IIES at Stockholm University
Yanhui Wu, USC Marshall School of Business
"Determinants of Media Capture in China
Discussant: Maria Petrova, New Economic School
3:20 p.m.  Daniel STONE, Oregon State University
"Media and Gridlock
Discussant: Elena Panova, Academy of National Economy and Gaidar Institute
4:00 p.m.  Coffee break 

  Media markets and Internet - 2: Internet Effects and Offline Media Markets

4:30 p.m.  Joel WALDFOGEL, University of Minnesota
"Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie? The Supply of New Recorded Music since Napster"
Discussant: Ruben Enikolopov, New Economic School 
5:10 p.m.  Ignacio FRANCESCHELLI, Northwestern University
"When the Ink is Gone: The Impact of Internet on News Coverage
Discussant: Ruben Durante, Sciences Po Paris                                                                                                                                                    
5:50 p.m. Adjourn
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Saturday October 29th

8:00 a.m. Morning Coffee

  Media markets - 2: Interactions in Traditional and Digital Media Industry

9:00 a.m. Harald Nygård Bergh, Norwegian School of Economics
Hans Jarle KIND, Norwegian School of Economics
Bjørn-Atle Reme, Norwegian School of Economics
Lars Sørgard, Norwegian School of Economics
"Competition between Content Distributors in Two-Sided Markets"
Discussant: Guido Friebel, Goethe University Frankfurt                                                                                                                                                     
9:40 a.m. Larbi Alaoui, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Fabrizio GERMANO, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
"Time Scarcity and the Market for News"
Discussant: Sergei Guriev, New Economic School                                                                                                    
10:20 a.m. Coffee break

  Political Economy - 2: Media Effects

10:50 a.m. Francesco Drago, University of Naples
Tommaso Nannicini, Bocconi University
Francesco SOBBRIO, IMT Lucca
"Newspapers, Local News and Electoral Politics"
Discussant: Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Paris School of Economics    
11:30 p.m. Julia CAGÉ, Harvard University
François Keslair, Paris School of Economics
"Trash Media and the Decline of Turnout: Theory and Evidence from Local Media Competition in France, 1944-2010"
Discussant: Francesco Sobbrio, IMT Lucca    
12:10 p.m. Parallel events (choose your favorite):
Lunch  - or - 

Global New Media Policy

Roundtable (with refreshments, RSVP required, more details here)
Pedro MIZUKAMI, FGV Center for Technology and Society, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sunil ABRAHAM, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India
Bruce ETLING and Robert FARIS, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, United States
Marina ZHUNICH, Google Russia 

  Media markets - 3: Media Bias

2:00 p.m. Stefano DELLAVIGNA, UC Berkeley
Alec Kennedy, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank
“Does Media Concentration Lead to Biased Coverage? Evidence from Movie Reviews”
Discussant: Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota    
2:40 p.m. Matthias HEINZ, Goethe University Frankfurt
Guido Friebel, Goethe University Frankfurt
"Media bias against foreign owners: Downsizing"
Discussant: Olga Kuzmina, New Economic School  
3:20 p.m. Break

  Future Directions of Research in Media Economics

3:30 p.m. Roundtable
Simon ANDERSON, University of Virginia
Stefano DELLAVIGNA, UC Berkeley
Lisa GEORGE, Hunter College, City University of New York
David STRÖMBERG, IIES at Stockholm University
4:45 p.m. Farewell reception

The above agenda was published in Higher School of Economics website, click here.

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