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Tuesday, May 7 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Frontier Economics Research on the Music Business

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Data, data, data. We know it’s good to have it and reams of it are available, but how can you extract real meaning from data? The Music Industry Research Association (MIRA) brings you two academic scholars who use rigorous methods to find surprising, actionable and interesting results on three critical topics: 1) With the domination of streaming, the new tastemakers for music have shifted from DJs to the likes of Spotify, Pandora and Apple. How much of an impact does a Spotify playlist have and does this decision reflect gender biases? 2) Advertisements are a revenue maker, but consumers are not always game to experience them. How many ads will a user consume before they flee? This question is answered by a remarkable controlled experiment that varied the number of ads that millions of Pandora users were exposed to. 3) What does it cost for that once-in-a-lifetime concert experience, and why have prices been rising faster than health care inflation?  Check out this analysis of the latest PollStar and Setlist data to find out what the real trends are and what determines touring revenue.

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Joshua P. Friedlander

SVP Research & Economics, RIAA
Joshua P. Friedlander is the Senior Vice President of Research and Economics at the RIAA. He joined the RIAA in 2005, and is responsible for data analysis and market research at the trade organization. The results of his work are frequently used as standard measures of the US music... Read More →

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Will Page

Chief Economist, Spotify
Will Page is Chief Economist at Spotify. Since joining Spotify in 2012, his annual calculation of the global value of music copyright has become an essential tool for all music industry stakeholders. Asking whether the definition of catalogue ‘needs an upgrade’, Page has been... Read More →
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David Reiley

Principal Scientist, Pandora
David Reiley is Principal Scientist in advertising science at Pandora. He has begun to focus his research and experiments on measuring the effects of advertising on consumer behavior. Before working at Pandora, Reiley worked at both Google and Yahoo! Research. He previously served... Read More →
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Joel Waldfogel

Professor, University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management
Joel Waldfogel is the Frederick R. Kappel Chair in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, an affiliated faculty member at both Minnesota’s Department of Economics and Law School, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT