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Geolocation Economics

Monday, May 4, 2020, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Geolocation EconomicsVenue and Time:
This event will take place a Zoom conference on Monday, May 4th from 11:00AM to 1:00PM (EST). A Zoom invitation will be sent to registered attendees the morning of the event. Registration details below.

Geolocation Economics is part of the ongoing CFM-PER Data Initiative. Find more information about the CFM-PER Data Initiative here.

Geolocation data from mobile phones and other digital platforms including payment are becoming increasingly available. The goal of the event is to explore the possible uses of this data for both industry and academic purposes. This panel is part of a series of events on the economic and financial applications of alternative data sponsored by Capital Fund Management (CFM) and Program for Economic Research (PER) at Columbia University’s Department of Economics. The panel will feature experts from leading geolocation data vendors and academic speakers that have leveraged such data to answer important questions such as modeling the dynamics of COVID-19, assessing spatial and social frictions, and evaluating the impact of rent control.

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Donald Davis, Ragnar Nurske Columbia University Professor of Economics
“Using Online Restaurant Reviews to Distinguish Spatial and Social Frictions: Evidence from Yelp in New York City”

Sen Pei, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
“Modeling the transmission dynamics of COVID-19 in China and US”

Franklin Qian, Doctoral Candidate, Stanford University Economics
“The effects of rent control expansion on tenants, landlords and inequality: Evidence from San Francisco”

Brian Burke, Vice President, Product, Infutor and Grace Kingston, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Infutor
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Sylvain Champonnois, Director, Capital Fund Management (CFM)

Michael Recce, Managing Director and Chief Data Scientist, Neuberger Berman

Yiannis Tsiounis, CEO, Advan Research Corporation
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José Scheinkman, Columbia University


This event is open to the public. Zoom registration is now closed. 

Livestream and Accessibility:
A recording of Geolocation Economics is now available on our YouTube channel. This recording includes closed captioning.

Code of Conduct:
By attending, all conference participants agree to abide by the event’s Code of Conduct.

Video and Photography Policy:
Portions of this conference will be live-streamed and all sessions will be video/audio taped. By registering, your attendance at or in participation in this conference constitutes your consent to the use and distribution by Columbia University of the attendee’s image or voice for informational live stream, publicity, promotional and/or reporting purposes in print or electronic communications media. Video recording by participants and other attendees during any portion of the conference is not allowed without special prior written permission. Photographs of copyrighted PowerPoint or other slides are for personal use only and are not to be reproduced or distributed. Do not photograph any such images that are labeled as confidential and/or proprietary.

This conference is co-sponsored by Columbia University’s Program for Economic Research (PER) and Capital Fund Management (CFM)
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Monday, May 4, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Zoom Conference
NY United States
1022 International Affairs Building (IAB)
Mail Code 3308  
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

1022 International Affairs Building (IAB)

Mail Code 3308

420 West 118th Street

New York, NY 10027

Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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