2008 Poster Sessions : Reputation Markets

Student Name : Robbie Yan
Advisor : Benjamin Van Roy
Research Areas: Information Systems
Abstract
Effective reputation systems should incentivize users to acquire and reveal information and to counter distortions induced by strategic agents that benefit from manipulating reputations. Mechanisms have been proposed in the recent literature with the aim to provide such incentives. These mechanisms, which we will refer to as reputation markets, can be viewed as information markets designed to assess the quality of online content. In this paper we develop equilibrium models to study how incentives created by a reputation market should influence community behavior and the accuracy of assessments.

Bio
Xiang "Robbie" Yan is a third-year PhD student in electrical engineering. He has performed research in information technology and finance, and has interned at Google and Morgan Stanley in the past.