Michael Luca

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Michael Luca is an assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.

Professor Luca’s research applies econometric methods to field data in order to study the impact of information in market settings.  He works closely with governments and companies to identify, design, implement, and experiment with different approaches to information disclosure, taking into account the behavioral foundations of how people make decisions.  He has done work on rankings, expert reviews, online consumer reviews, and quality disclosure laws, among other types of information provision. Professor Luca has ongoing field research with Facebook, Yelp, several colleges, the UK government, and several U.S. cities, in addition to other partners.   

His current work focuses on crowdsourced reviews, analyzing a variety of companies including Yelp, Amazon, and ZocDoc. His findings have been written and blogged about in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Harvard Business Review, PC World Magazine, and Salon.

Professor Luca received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from SUNY Albany.  

Michael Luca In the News

 
23 Jan 2014
American Public Media: Marketplace
23 Jan 2014
American Public Media: Marketplace
13 Oct 2013
Boston Globe
24 Oct 2013
Harvard Gazette
03 Oct 2013
US News & World Report
13 Dec 2012
SmartMoney
01 Jan 2012
New York Times