Research Seminars

The New York City Media Seminar Series is a new initiative sponsored by the Media and Technology Program and the Associated Press, and organized by Lisa George (Hunter College) and Miklos Sarvary (Columbia Business School).

The goal of the seminar series is to link economists working on media topics in the greater New York area by providing a regular forum for discussion.  The seminar is open to all researchers with access to New York City and draws speakers from across the US and abroad.

The preliminary 2015-2016 schedule is:

  • October 7, 2015: Babur De Los Santos (Indiana University)  "E-Book Pricing and Vertical Restraints"

  • November 11, 2015: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (Google) “New Data and Media Economics”

  • December 2, 2015: Matthew Baker & Lisa George (Hunter College) “The News Hour: Estimating the Value of Local Television News”

  • February 3, 2016: Brian Knight (Brown Universtiy) "The Limits of Propaganda: Evidence from Chavez's Venezuela” 

  • March 2, 2016: Michaela Draganska (Drexel University) "Digital Content Variety and Customer Subscription Behavior: An Investigation of Adult Online Entertainment"

  • April 6, 2016: Julia CagĂ©  (Sciences Po Paris) “Newspapers in Times of Low Advertising Revenues”

  • May 4, 2016: Ruben Durante (Sciences Po Paris)

Seminars are held the first Wednesday of each month during the academic year at the midtown headquarters of the Associated Press at 450 W. 33rd Street. The sessions begin at 10am with coffee, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion.  Participants are welcome to join the speaker and organizers for lunch. 

Please note that the November talk this season will be held the second rather than first Wednesday of the month.

For more information, please contact Miklos Sarvary at Columbia Business School ( Past years' seminar topics can be viewed here.