In this letter, we briefly summarize two recent works from our group that use observational data to study the mechanisms used by two large markets. First, we examine Uber's surge price algorithm, and observe that its incentive model may not be effective at changing driver behavior. Second, we study the adoption of dynamic pricing strategies by sellers on Amazon Marketplace, and investigate how these strategies interact with Amazon's "Buy Box" matching algorithm. We make our data available to the research community.
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Published: Feb 24, 2017