Davide Proserpio


I am a 5th year PhD candidate in computer science at Boston University and a graduate fellow of the Hariri Institute. I am advised by Sharon Goldberg and John Byers and I frequently collaborate with Giorgos Zervas. I am interested in problems lying at the intersection of marketing and computer science. By using current econometric tools, my research seeks to empirically measure and quantify how digital information influences industries and markets. Specifically, my work focuses on two areas: the impact of user-generated content on firms and consumer behavior, and the impact of innovative market models (e.g., the sharing economy) on traditional industries.

Prior to joining Boston University, I was a research assistant at Universidad Carlos III - UC3M (Madrid, Spain) where I worked on topics related to content delivery and protection, digital identity management and network security. I obtained a Master in Engineering degree from UC3M and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) in 2010 and a bachelor in telecommunication engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2008.
More information about me can be found in my CV.


News

  • Beginning Summer 2016, I will join the USC Marshall School of Business as an assistant professor in the Marketing department

  • 04/01/2016 Apurv and I presented our work on social media and unemployment at the Federal Reserve in Washington DC

  • 03/23/16 Our working paper The psychology of job loss: using social media to characterize and predict unemployment with Scott Counts and Apurv Jain is accepted @ ACM Web Science (WebSci16)

  • 02/10/16 Our paper on the sharing economy and regulation is covered by CityLab

  • 06/18/2015 I have been selected as a 2015 Hariri Graduate Fellow!


Professional activities

I am on the Program Committee of WWW 2016

Working Papers

  • Online Reputation Management: Estimating the Impact of Management Responses on Consumer Reviews PDF SSRN
    Davide Proserpio and Georgios Zervas. Minor revision at Marketing Science.

    First version: 11/09/2014
    Last revision: 09/29/2015

    To appear in the 16th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC'15), Portland, Oregon (abstract-only publication).
    🏆 Best Paper Nominee at CIST'15

  • A First Look at Online Reputation on Airbnb, Where Every Stay is Above Average PDF SSRN
    Georgios Zervas, Davide Proserpio and John W. Byers.

    First version: 01/30/2015
    Last revision: 04/12/2015

    Media coverage
    Wired (05/07/15)
    TechCrunch (04/11/15)
    Corriere della Sera, print edition (03/27/15) PDF
    Mashable (02/25/15)
    New York Times (01/30/15)

  • The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Estimating the Impact of Airbnb on the Hotel Industry PDF SSRN
    Georgios Zervas, Davide Proserpio and John W. Byers. Invited revision at Journal of Marketing Research.

    First version: 12/13/2013
    Last revision: 01/27/2016

    To appear in the 16th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC'15), Portland, Oregon (abstract-only publication).
    🏆 Best Paper Nominee at EC'15
    Initial version presented at the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE '13), Milan, Italy, December 2013 and at the Ninth Symposium on Statistical Challenges in eCommerce Research (SCECR '13), Lisbon, Portugal, June 2013.

    Media coverage
    Bloomberg - Guest Commentary and video (06/15/15)
    New York Times (05/11/15)
    Los Angeles Times (06/11/14)
    The Economist (04/26/14)
    Hotels News Now (02/14/14)
    The Athlantic Cities (02/10/14)
    Huffingtonpost (02/09/14, in Spanish, thanks Lucia!)
    New York Times Bits blog (02/05/14)
    Boston Globe Ideas Blog (01/13/14)

Full papers list

Recent talks

  • Federal Reserve, Washington DC, April 2016
    The psychology of job loss: using social media to characterize and predict unemployment

  • Scheller College of Business, Marketing seminar, November 2015
    The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Estimating the Impact of Airbnb on the Hotel Industry

  • INFORMS Annual Meeting, November 2015
    The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Estimating the Impact of Airbnb on the Hotel Industry

  • Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), October 2015
    Online Reputation Management: Estimating the Impact of Management Responses on Consumer Reviews

  • Marshall School of Business, Marketing seminar, September 2015
    The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Estimating the Impact of Airbnb on the Hotel Industry

All talks


Contact information
Boston University
Department of Computer Science
111 Cummington Mall, MCS 136
Boston, MA 02215.
Email: dproserp at cs dot bu dot edu
Phone: +1 671-396-6555
Twitter: @dade_us