Doctoral Student

Yuan Gu

Yuan Gu is a doctoral student in the Technology and Operations Management unit at Harvard Business School. Her research interests lie in the intersection of technological innovation and strategic management, especially in high-technology industries such as IT and online platforms.
Yuan Gu is a doctoral student in the Technology and Operations Management unit at Harvard Business School. Her research interests lie in the intersection of technological innovation and strategic management, especially in high-technology industries such as IT and online platforms.

Working Papers

  1. Ideological Segregation among Online Collaborators: Evidence from Wikipedians

    Shane Greenstein, Yuan Gu and Feng Zhu

    Do online communities segregate into separate conversations when contributing to contestable knowledge involving controversial, subjective, and unverifiable topics? We analyze the contributors of biased and slanted content in Wikipedia articles about U.S. politics and focus on two research questions: (1) Do contributors display tendencies to contribute to sites with similar or opposing biases and slants? (2) Do contributors learn from experience with extreme or neutral content, and does that experience change the slant and bias of their contributions over time? The findings show enormous heterogeneity in contributors and their contributions, and, importantly, an overall trend towards less segregated conversations. A higher percentage of contributors have a tendency to edit articles with the opposite slant than articles with similar slant. We also observe the slant of contributions becoming more neutral over time, not more extreme, and, remarkably, the largest such declines are found with contributors who interact with articles that have greater biases. We also find some significant differences between Republicans and Democrats.

    Keywords: Information; Prejudice and Bias; Online Technology; Web Sites;

    Citation:

    Greenstein, Shane, Yuan Gu, and Feng Zhu. "Ideological Segregation among Online Collaborators: Evidence from Wikipedians." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 17-028, October 2016. View Details