Date of Completion
Information Economics, Reputation, Online platforms, Patents, Litigation, Crime, Policing
Stephen L. Ross
Field of Study
Doctor of Philosophy
In economic systems, new information or changes in information sets may have an outsized impact on the behavior of rational economic agents. Here, I investigate this relationship in three idiosyncratic scenarios. First, I look at the responses by online reputation platform users to a positive quality signal, and inspect how this effect differs across heterogeneous agents. Second, inside a theoretical model of patent litigation and settlement, I analyze parties’ responses and litigation outcomes with respect to changes in evidence regarding patent validity. Lastly, I work through a simple model of motorist and police behavior to investigate whether there are testable racial profiling implications if motorists rationally change their behavior in response to changes in visibility.
Kalinowski, Jesse, "Information and Behavior: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations into Online Reviews, Patent Litigation, and Racial Profiling" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations. 1921.