Avinash Collis

I am a doctoral candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. I am part of the research team at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. I am also a co-principal investigator of the Measuring the Economy Project.

I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin starting July 2020.

Contact: avinash.collis@gmail.com

Address: MIT Sloan School of Management, E62-388, 100 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

Social: Twitter, Linkedin


Journal Articles

1. Measuring the Impact of Free Goods on Real Household Consumption (with Erik Brynjolfsson, Erwin Diewert, Felix Eggers and Kevin Fox). American Economic Association - Papers and Proceedings 110, May 2020. (Forthcoming) (Download)

2. How should we measure the digital economy? (with Erik Brynjolfsson). Harvard Business Review (Print), Nov/Dec 2019. (Download)

German translation reprinted in the April 2020 issue of Harvard Business Manager. (Download)

Brookings Productivity Measurement Initiative working paper

Presented at: The Brookings Institution (Invited Seminar), June 2019; Canadian Digital Service (Invited Seminar), June 2019; Nordea Bank (Invited Seminar), October 2019; Bruegel (Invited Seminar), December 2019; London School of Economics (Invited Seminar), May 2020; Oxford (Invited Seminar), May 2020

3. Using Massive Online Choice Experiments to Measure Changes in Well-being (with Erik Brynjolfsson and Felix Eggers). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (15) 7250-7255, April 2019. (Download)

Previously circulated as: NBER Working Paper No. 24514

MIT News interview, CBC Radio Interview

Media coverage: The Economist (1, 2), Financial Times (1 (Interview), 2, 3, 4), The Wall Street Journal (1, 2), Washington Post (1, 2), Bloomberg (1, 2), NPR, The Guardian, CBC (Interview), Buzzfeed (Interview), Quartz (1, 2, 3), CNN, CNBC, Forbes, The Boston Globe, Yahoo Finance, The Sydney Morning Herald, Die Welt (1, 2), Boing Boing, Marginal Revolution, MIT News (Interview), MIT Sloan News (Interview), MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Law Review, LSE Business Review, Brookings, AEI (1, 2, 3), Project Syndicate, World Economic Forum, Sina, De Standaard (1, 2), Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Le Temps, La Presse (Interview), Brink (Interview), Spektrum, SG.hu, Revista Mercado, Il Sole 24 Ore (1, 2), Diário de Notícias, Diario Gestión, Periódico elDinero, Money, The Star, The National, Forbes India, Euro2day, Il Foglio, Báo Người Lao Động, The Economic Observer (经济观察网), Südkurier, Avenir Suisse, Chip, Techno Business Indonesia, Namibia Economist, Phys.org, WBOC 16, KUAM News, CBS 8, 21 WFM, TAP

Discussed in: US White House CEA Economic report of the President 2019, UK Treasury Report of the Digital Competition Expert Panel 2019, US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on competition policy 2019, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report on Digital Platforms, Speech by the chair of the Federal Reserve (Jerome Powell) on Data-Dependent Monetary Policy in an Evolving Economy

Presented at: CRIW workshop, NBER Summer Institute, July 2016; Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), December 2016 (Best student paper award); NBER Winter Digitization Meeting, March 2017; NBER Productivity Lunch, April 2017; MIT Economics Department IO Lunch, May 2017; Digital Initiative Discussion & Symposium, HBS, May 2017; MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy Annual Conference, May 2017 (Video); ZEW Conference on The Economics of Information and Communication Technologies, June 2017; Society for Economic Measurement Conference, July 2017; IMF 5th Statistical Forum, November 2017; American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meeting, January 2018; Stanford GSB, Operations, Information & Technology Group, March 2018; Munich Summer Institute, June 2018

4. Measuring Welfare with Massive Online Choice Experiments: A Brief Introduction (with Erik Brynjolfsson, Felix Eggers). American Economic Association - Papers and Proceedings 108 : 473-76, May 2018. (Download)

5. The Impact of Openness on the Market Potential of Multi-sided Platforms: A Case Study of Mobile Payment Platforms (with Jan Ondrus & Kalle Lyytinen), Journal of Information Technology 30 (3) 260–275, September 2015. (Download)

Working Papers

1. GDP-B: Accounting for the Value of New and Free Goods in the Digital Economy (with Erik Brynjolfsson, Erwin Diewert, Felix Eggers and Kevin Fox), 2019. NBER Working Paper No. 25695. (Download)

Media coverage: The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg (1, 2), CBC (Interview), BBC, Forbes, Quartz, Axios (Interview), World Economic Forum, MarketWatch, The Times, The Australian, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Independent, Livemint, Australian Finance Review, AEI

Presented at: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), April 2018 (Invited Seminar); ESCoE Conference on Economic Measurement, Bank of England, May 2018; EPFL, June 2018 (Invited Seminar); IMF 6th Statistical Forum, November 2018; OECD, December 2018 (Invited Keynote Speaker), Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST) (Nominated for best student paper award), October 2019; INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 2019; NABE Tech Economics Conference, November 2019; AEA Annual Meeting, January 2020

2. Effects of restricting social media usage (with Felix Eggers), 2020. (Download)

Presented at: Marketing Science Conference, June 2019; Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), October 2019; Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), December 2019

3. Multi-Sided Platform Strategy, Taxation, and Regulation: A Quantitative Model and Application to Facebook (with Seth Benzell), 2019. (Download)

Media coverage: Marginal Revolution

Presented at: Platform Strategy Research Symposium, Boston University, July 2019; Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), October 2019; INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 2019; Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), December 2019; Yale Big Tech & Antitrust conference, March 2020; Telecom Paris Conference on Digital Economics, April 2020; NBER Productivity Seminar, April 2020

Other Publications

1. GDP and well-being in the digital economy (with Erik Brynjolfsson). OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook, 2018.

2. A Post-Failure Analysis of Mobile Payment Platforms (with Jan Ondrus & Kalle Lyytinen), Proceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 2015. (Download) (Nominated for best paper award) (pre-PhD research)

Research in Progress

  1. The welfare effects of digital advertising: Evidence from large scale field experiments at Facebook
  2. Measuring the welfare gains from user generated content: Experiments on Wikipedia and Stack Overflow (with Jana Gallus)
  3. Measuring the welfare effects of digitization across countries (with Erik Brynjolfsson)
  4. Consumer surplus, subjective well-being and attention: Three different measures of consumer welfare in the digital economy
  5. Efficient business models in a zero marginal cost digital economy (with Erik Brynjolfsson and Michael Zhang)
  6. The impact of internet usage on subjective well-being
  7. Hypothetical Bias in Choice Experiments (with Felix Eggers)
    • Presented at: Marketing Group, University of Groningen, June 2017 (Invited Seminar)
  8. Algorithmic Bias in Online Advertising: The Case of For-Profit College Ads (with Avi Goldfarb, Catherine Tucker)