Matthew Backus is an Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School. He received his Ph.D. from the Economics Department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he focused on topics in industrial organization. His research interests include the determinants of firm-level productivity, estimation of consumer demand using data from auction-based marketplaces, and the role of cheap-talk communication in bargaining. He is also interested in the application of methods from machine learning and computer science in econometric analysis.
Search Costs and Equilibrium Price Dispersion in Auction Markets
In European Economic Review
Coauthor(s): Matthew Backus, Joseph Podwol, Henry Schneider
Cheap Talk, Round Numbers, and the Economics of Negotiation
Coauthor(s): Matthew Backus, Tom Blake, Steven Tadelis
Is Sniping a Problem for Online Auction Markets?
In NBER Working Paper No. 20942
Coauthor(s): Matthew Backus, Tom Blake, Dimitriy Masterov, Steven Tadelis
Why Is Productivity Correlated with Competition?
Coauthor(s): Matthew Backus
A Demand System for a Dynamic Auction Market with Directed Search
Coauthor(s): Matthew Backus, Gregory Lewis