Search Frictions and the Design of Online Marketplaces

  title={Search Frictions and the Design of Online Marketplaces},
  author={Andrey Fradkin},
Online marketplaces increasingly act as intermediaries in labor, housing, dating, and other markets where traders match with each other. These marketplaces use novel data generated by users’ activities on the website to design algorithms and products that influence the search and matching process. I use internal data from Airbnb, a prominent online marketplace for housing rentals, to study the efficiency of this market and the effects of ranking algorithms. I first show that potential guests… CONTINUE READING
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