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Imke Reimers

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Associate Professor of Economics

Imke Reimers is broadly interested in the industrial organization of digital markets, information, and intellectual property. Her research mainly focuses on two specific questions: 1) how does intellectual property policy affect access to information; and 2) how does information technology affect consumer and firm decisions as well as the functioning and efficiency of markets? She received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 2013, and she spent a year at the NBER in the digitization and copyright initiative before becoming an assistant professor at Northeastern. In 2019, she also became a national champion tennis player in her age group.

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Peer-reviewed articles:

“Does Amazon Exercise its Market Power? Evidence from Toys R Us” with Leshui He and Benjamin Shiller
(Journal of Law and Economics, accepted) [

“Digitization, Prediction and Market Efficiency: Evidence from Book Publishing Deals” with Christian Peukert
(Management Science, accepted) [paper]
(Publishers Weekly article)

“Digitization and Pre-Purchase Information: The Causal and Welfare Effects of Reviews and Crowd-Based Ratings” with Joel Waldfogel, American Economic Review (2021)

“The Impacts of Telematics on Competition and Consumer Behavior in Insurance” with Benjamin Shiller, Journal of Law and Economics (accepted).

“Copyright and Generic Entry in Book Publishing,” American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 11.3 (2019): 257-84.

“Do Coupons Expand or Cannibalize Revenue? Evidence from an E-market” with Claire (Chunying) Xie, Management Science, 65.1 (2018): 286-300

Are Public and Private Enforcement Complements or Substitutes? Evidence from High Frequency Data” with Gregory DeAngelo and Brad Humphreys, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 141 (2017): 151-163

Throwing the Books at Them: Amazon’s Puzzling Long-Run Pricing Strategy” with Joel Waldfogel, Southern Economic Journal, 83.4 (2017): 869-885 (runner-up, Georgescu-Roegen Prize for Best Article in the Southern Economic Journal 2017)

“Examining Regulatory Capture: Evidence from the NHL” with Gregory DeAngelo and Adam Nowak, Contemporary Economic Policy (2017)

“Can Private Copyright Protection be Effective? Evidence from Book Publishing,” Journal of Law and Economics, 59.2 (2016): 411-440

“Storming the Gatekeepers: Digital Disintermediation in the Market for Books” with Joel Waldfogel, Information Economics and Policy, 31 (2015): 47-58

Working Papers:

Digitization and the Demand for Physical Works: Evidence from the Google Books Project” (with Abhishek Nagaraj) [paper] (conditionally accepted, AEJ: Policy)

“Visibility of Technology and Cumulative Innovation: Evidence from Trade Secrecy Protection Laws” (with Bernhard Ganglmair) [paper]

“The First Sale Doctrine and the Digital Challenge to Public Libraries” (with Joel Waldfogel) [paper]

“Home Sweet Home? Covid-19, Stadium Attendance and Efficiency in Sports Betting Markets” (with James Dana)

Wall Street Journal: “Real Time Economics: The State of the Economy and of Economics” (Jan 7, 2019), by Greg Ip New York Times: “New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out” (Dec 29, 2018), by Alexandra Alter Boston Globe: “Uncommon Knowledge: Compromised Refs, Blaming the President for Local Taxes, and More” (Aug 4, 2017), by Kevin Lewis Sports Illustrated: “What Analytics Can Tell us About the Role of Fighting in Hockey” (Mar 26, 2016), by Department of Hockey Analytics Publishers Weekly: “What YA Publishers and Authors Can Do to Fight E-Book Piracy” (Jul 18, 2104), by Karen Springen

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