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John Horton
Works at New York University Stern School of Business
Attended Harvard University
Lives in Redwood City, CA
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tl; dr version: I wrote a short paper on one of the policy issues raised by Airbnb—namely does hosting on Airbnb impost a cost on neighbors that make Airbnb as a development socially inefficient. My answer is no. Yesterday I read an column in the Guardian by Dean Baker titled “Don't buy the ...
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well, it doesn't have the "cross the street and go up the elevator" component. The context is not to brag about my (admittedly awesome) commute, but for students to know how to find my office :). 
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Lots of people don't like Uber's surge pricing. However, this dislike isn't fixed and immutable---it seems to depend on factors like how the price is arrived at, what compeitors do and Uber's overall financial position.  
The on-demand car service Uber has a “surge” pricing policy: during periods of peak demand, such as during snowstorms and on New Year's Eve, prices have increased as much as 8x. Uber's stated goal of the policy is to increase the supply of drivers and ensure that cars are still available.
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Economics for skeptical social scientists
I recently gave a talk at the " Training school on Virtual Work ," which was held at the University of Malta. The participants were most...
On recently gave a talk at the "Training school on Virtual Work," which was held at the University of Malta. The participants were mostly graduate students and junior faculty at European universities studying some aspect of virtual work e.g., Wikipedia editors, gold farmers, ...
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Interesting description of ethnographic work on the "unbanked" poor and their use of non-traditional financial services. I wish that there was more of the kind of ethnographic/qualitative research in economics---detailed, in-person observation combined with economic reasoning would be really powerful, but this kind of stuff is almost entirely done by sociologists and anthropologists (who rarely bring an economics perspective to what they study).   
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A little python script for making LaTeX log files easier to read. 
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In some matching models of the labor market, a source of friction is that job-seekers do not know how many other workers are also applying (or will apply) to a job. The job-seeker cannot condition their application decisions accordingly e.g., they can not easily skip jobs that are ...
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Would a job by any other name pay as much?
I'm working on a project where it would be useful to know what an oDesk job is likely to pay at the time it is posted. Although there are plenty of structured predictors available (e.g., the category, skills, estimated duration etc.), presumably the job des...
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Paul Krugman has a piece of research advice, which is to "listen to the gentiles." What he means is to pay attention to what smart practitioners say about their business in order to get economic ideas and insights. I recently had the chance to take a tour of large call center for a major global ...
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Python script & templates for starting a new academic project using R, LaTeX & make: https://github.com/johnjosephhorton/create_project
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Dan Kahan has an interesting post on some of the validity problems with research conducted on Mechanical Turk (MTurk). I think I largely agree with his main point, which is that the evolution of the marketplace has been such that it's less useful for conducting certain kinds of research.
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  • Harvard University
    Public Policy, 2006 - 2011
  • United States Military Academy
    Mathematics, 1997 - 2001
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Staff Economist at oDesk
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  • New York University Stern School of Business
    Assistant Professor, 20013 - present
  • oDesk
    Staff Economist, 2011 - 2013
  • US Army
    Armor Officer, 2001 - 2006
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Cambridge, MA - Dighton, MA - Grafenwoehr, Germany - Friedberg, Germany - West Point, NY - Dighton, MA - Baghdad, Iraq - Fort Knox, Kentucky - Salisbury, CT