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These papers are working drafts of research which often appear in final form in academic journals. The published versions may differ from the working versions provided here.

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Szu-chi Huang, Jennifer Aaker
May 16, 2019

Forthcoming at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

People pursue goals throughout their lives, and many of these attempts end happily—a goal is achieved. However, what facilitates the continuation of behaviors that are aligned with the...

Harikesh S. Nair
April 30, 2019

This chapter presents a selective review of a literature in marketing that analyzes diffusion and pricing over the product life-cycle. I primarily focus on empirical work, and on papers that deal with the dynamics of...

Julian Runge, Harikesh S. Nair, Jonathan Levav
March 18, 2019

The “freemium” model for digital goods involves selling a base version of the product for free, and making premium product features available to users only on payment. The success of the model is predicated on...

Stephan Seiler, Anna Tuchman, Song Yao
March 12, 2019

We analyze the impact of a tax on sweetened beverages, often referred to as a “soda tax,” using a unique data set of prices, quantities sold, and nutritional information across several thousand taxed and untaxed...

Pedro M. Gardete, Megan H. Antill
March 2019

Previously titled “Avoiding Lemons in Search of Peaches: Designing Information Provision”

The increasing amount of data available to consumers has most likely aided in decision-making. However, it has also created an opportunity for sellers to...

Ruihuan Du, Yu Zhong, Harikesh S. Nair, Bo Cui, Ruyang Shou
January 30, 2019

This paper describes a practical system for Multi Touch Attribution (MTA) for use by a publisher of digital ads. We developed this system for, an eCommerce company, which is also a publisher of digital...

Eesha Sharma, Stephanie M. Tully, Xiang Wang

Abstract coming soon.

Melanie Rudd, Rhia Catapano, Jennifer Aaker

Forthcoming in Journal of Consumer Psychology 2019

In this conceptual paper, we review three decades of research on time and meaning in consumer research and psychology to identify key themes that have emerged, build frameworks...

Stephanie M. Tully, Eesha Sharma, Gil Appel

Abstract coming soon.

Stephanie M. Tully, Elisa Solinas, Eesha Sharma

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Stephanie M. Tully, Wendy de la Rosa

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Stephanie M. Tully, Amar Cheema, On Amir, Davide Prosperpio

Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Consumer Research

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Andres Elberg, Pedro M. Gardete, Rosario Macera, Carlos Noton
July 2018

This paper investigates the dynamic effects of price promotions in a retail setting through the use of a large-scale field experiment which involved varying the promotion depths of 170 products across 17 categories in 10...

Tomomichi Amano, Andrew Rhodes, Stephan Seiler
May 16, 2018

In many online markets, traditional methods of demand estimation are difficult to implement because assortments are very large and individual products are sold infrequently. At the same time, data on consumer search (i.e., browsing) behavior...

Kathleen D. Vohs, Jennifer Aaker, Rhia Catapano
April 2018

People seek to spend time in positive experiences, enjoying and savoring. Yet there is no escaping negative experiences, from the mundane (e.g., arguing) to the massive (e.g., death of a child). Might negative experiences confer...

Pedro M. Gardete, Yakov Bart
April 2018

We consider a persuasion setting in which the sender of a message tries to elicit a desired action from a receiver by means of a compelling argument. In order to understand which arguments may indeed...

Unnati Narang, Venkatesh Shankar, Sridhar Narayanan
March 20, 2018

Over half of all shopping journeys start with the mobile channel. In particular, the presence of a branded mobile app significantly influences shopping across channels. However, a majority of app users decrease app usage or...

Reto Hofstetter, Harikesh S. Nair, Sanjog Misra
March 3, 2018

Crowdsourced innovation platforms that enable organizations to outsource ideation to parties external to the firm are proliferating. In many cases, the platforms use open contests that allow the free exchange of ideas with the goal...

Pedro M. Gardete, James M. Lattin
March 2018

In this paper we explore the determinants of profitability for coalition loyalty programs. We consider a setting in which each of two firms competing in one market may form a coalition loyalty program with one...

Donnel A. Briley, Melanie Rudd, Jennifer Aaker
June 2017

Research shows that optimism can positively impact health, but when and why people feel optimistic when confronting health challenges is less clear. Findings from six studies show that the frames people adopt when thinking about...