Guy Aridor


About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. I am mainly interested in understanding competition and regulatory issues in the digital economy as well as more broadly the societal impacts of digital technologies. My research uses tools from empirical industrial organization, experimental methodologies, and applied microeconomic theory in order to shed light on these questions. I am also affiliated with the CESifo Research Network.

Previously, I got my PhD in Economics at Columbia University and a B.A. in computer science, pure/applied mathematics, and economics from Boston University. Before my PhD I spent a couple of years as a software engineer at HubSpot where I worked on a bunch of fun stuff, including product experimentation tools and scaling products.

Links: CV, Google Scholar, Github
Working Papers
  1. Evaluating The Impact of Privacy Regulation on E-Commerce Firms: Evidence from Apple's App Tracking Transparency. Joint work with Yeon-Koo Che, Brett Hollenbeck, Daniel McCarthy, Maximilian Kaiser.
  2. The Economics of Recommender Systems: Evidence from a Field Experiment on MovieLens. Joint work with Duarte Goncalves, Ruoyan Kong, Daniel Kluver, Joseph Konstan.
  3. Competing Bandits: The Perils of Exploration under Competition. Joint work with Yishay Mansour, Alex Slivkins, Steven Wu.
    • Full Paper: PDF, arXiv, Last Updated: December 2022
Journal Publications
  1. Recommenders' Originals: The Welfare Effects of the Dual Role of Platforms as Producers and Recommender Systems. Joint work with Duarte Goncalves.
  2. The Effect of Privacy Regulation on the Data Industry: Empirical Evidence from GDPR. Joint work with Yeon-Koo Che, Tobias Salz.
  3. Information-Constrained Coordination of Economic Behavior. Joint work with Rava Azeredo da Silveira, Michael Woodford.
    • Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (Accepted, Special Issue)
    • Full paper: NBER
  4. The Economics of Social Media. Joint work with Rafael Jimenez-Duran, Ro'ee Levy, Lena Song.
    • Journal of Economic Literature (Forthcoming)
    • Full paper: PDF, SSRN, CEPR
  5. Measuring Substitution Patterns in the Attention Economy: An Experimental Approach.
    • RAND Journal of Economics (Forthcoming)
    • Full paper: PDF, CESifo
Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings
  1. The Perils of Exploration Under Competition: A Computational Modeling Approach. Joint work with Kevin Liu, Alex Slivkins, Steven Wu.
    • Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC '19)
    • Extended Abstract: Publisher Version
  2. Deconstructing the Filter Bubble: User Decision-Making and Recommender Systems. Joint work with Duarte Goncalves, Shan Sikdar.
    • Proceedings of the 14th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys '20)
    • Full Paper: Publisher Version
  3. The Effect of Privacy Regulation on the Data Industry: Empirical Evidence from GDPR. Joint work with Yeon-Koo Che, Tobias Salz.
    • Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC '21)
    • Extended Abstract: Publisher Version
  4. Drivers of Digital Attention: Evidence from a Social Media Experiment.
    • Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC '23)
    • Extended Abstract: Publisher Version
  5. The Economics of Recommender Systems: Evidence from a Field Experiment on MovieLens. Joint work with Duarte Goncalves, Ruoyan Kong, Daniel Kluver, Joseph Konstan.
    • Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC '23)
    • Extended Abstract: Publisher Version
Work in Progress
  1. Privacy and Information Interventions: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Joint work with Sam Goldberg.
Book Chapters and Other Work
  1. Experiments with Social Media. Joint work with Rafael Jimenez-Duran, Ro'ee Levy, Lena Song.
    • Prepared for Handbook of Experimental Methods in the Social Sciences (edited by Alex Rees-Jones)
  2. The MovieLens Beliefs Dataset: Collecting Pre-Choice Data for Online Recommender Systems. Joint work with Duarte Goncalves, Ruoyan Kong, Daniel Kluver, Joseph Konstan.
Recorded Presentations
Software
Press, Blogs, and Other Mentions
Miscellaneous