Pai-Ling Yin

Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pai-Ling Yin is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University-Bloomington with a BA in French, a BS in economics, and a BS in math. She was the Resident Scholar for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in Washington, DC. She obtained an MSc at The London School of Economics and Political Science in regulation. Her PhD in economics is from Stanford University. She then became an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Harvard Business School, where she taught the core strategy course and the strategy and technology elective course. Pai-Ling's research focuses on how firms compete in the presence of network effects.

She has studied the roles that demand side drivers (in particular, uncertainty) and supply side actions such as control of distribution affect industry evolution. Her demand side work includes a study of information aggregation and dispersion in eBay online auction markets for computers. Recent work examines how second-movers can tip markets characterized by network effects in their favor, with specific application to the browser wars and derivatives exchange competition. The use of survey data is a methodological theme underlying her work. She has also written cases on technology and strategy (TiVo, PalmSource, Qualcomm, SAP).

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CEPR Policy Research


  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey