Doctoral Student

Daniel Alejandro Svirsky

Dan's research focuses on health economics, internet commerce, and behavioral economics.

Before his doctoral research, Dan clerked for the Honorable Roger Gregory of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dan has a J.D. from NYU School of Law and is a registered member of the New York Bar. He received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University in 2009.
Dan's research focuses on health economics, internet commerce, and behavioral economics. Past research uses empirical methods to study how internet firms respond to, or ignore, legal regulation. For example, do websites adjust their privacy practices in response to Federal Trade Commission enforcement actions? Do Airbnb hosts engage in racial discrimination? Other research uses experimental methods to study how people make health decisions. What should should policy-makers and doctors do to help people eat healthier?

Before his doctoral research, Dan clerked for the Honorable Roger Gregory of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dan has a J.D. from NYU School of Law and is a registered member of the New York Bar. He received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University in 2009.

Journal Articles

  1. Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment

    Benjamin G. Edelman, Michael Luca and Daniel Svirsky

    In an experiment on Airbnb, we find that applications from guests with distinctively African-American names are 16% less likely to be accepted relative to identical guests with distinctively White names. Discrimination occurs among landlords of all sizes, including small landlords sharing the property and larger landlords with multiple properties. It is most pronounced among hosts who have never had an African-American guest, suggesting only a subset of hosts discriminate. While rental markets have achieved significant reductions in discrimination in recent decades, our results suggest that Airbnb’s current design choices facilitate discrimination and raise the possibility of erasing some of these civil rights gains.

    Keywords: discrimination; field experiment; race; bias; Airbnb; Prejudice and Bias; Race; Accommodations Industry;

    Citation:

    Edelman, Benjamin G., Michael Luca, and Daniel Svirsky. "Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (forthcoming). View Details
  2. Money is No Object: Testing The Endowment Effect in Exchange Goods

    Dan Svirsky

    We present a new experimental design to test whether the endowment effect exists for exchange goods, like money. We compare three groups to a baseline: one endowed with money, one endowed with chocolate coins, and one endowed with chocolate coins described as "tokens." We find an endowment effect for chocolate coins, but no endowment effect for money or for chocolate coins when they are described as tokens. The results suggest that the endowment effect does not exist for exchange goods.

    Keywords: Perception; Valuation; Goods and Commodities; Attitudes;

    Citation:

    Svirsky, Dan. "Money is No Object: Testing The Endowment Effect in Exchange Goods." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 106 (October 2014): 227–234. View Details