Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Jobs for experimentalists

Within the last three years, both Google and Yahoo have built in-house economics facilities of their own to work on such tasks as optimizing their keyword auctions, and dozens of other companies have turned to outside consultants for help on specific projects. EBay used experimental economists to develop a new seller-feedback system that wound up boosting the total value of goods sold on the site by 25 percent, according to the researcher who worked on the project.

Read the rest from Wired. The article mentions Vernon Smith, but alas not the ICES lab that he built at GMU, and where I'm a research assistant.

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