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2023 John A. Howard/AMA Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner and Honorable Mentions Announced

2023 John A. Howard/AMA Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner and Honorable Mentions Announced

The American Marketing Association (AMA) and the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) are pleased to announce Ozge Demirci as the winner of the 2023 John A. Howard/AMA Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “Can Gender-Blind Algorithmic Pricing Eliminate the Gender Gap?”

Ozge Demirci
Harvard Business School

Ozge Demirci is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Business School. Before joining HBS, she received her PhD in Economics at the University of Warwick. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from Bogazici University. Previously, she was a research analyst at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.

Her research focuses on quantitative marketing, and she is interested in digital technologies such as Generative AI and the ways they affect the behavior of consumers and firms. Some of her recent work investigates the impacts of regulations targeting algorithmic bias. She analyzes whether removing sensitive information such as race or gender from algorithmic processes is effective. To address her research questions, she applies econometrics, causal inference, and machine learning methods.

Her research has been recognized by several awards, including the Best Dissertation Award by the American Statistical Association, the Emerging Scholar Award by the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Research Network, and the CESifo Distinguished Affiliate Award, which is given to a promising young economist in the area of digitization and technology.

2023 Honorable Mentions

The 2023 award committee would also like to recognize three honorable mentions:

  • “Embracing Space: The Positive Impact of Low Social Density on New Product Co-Creation,” by Kristen Ferguson (University of Notre Dame)

  • “Are Minority Consumers More Likely to Choose Robot Service Providers? Why Feeling Like a Minority Matters,” by Yeseul Kim (University of Sussex)

  • “Can Selling Make You More Resilient? Experimental Evidence from India,” by Iris Steenkamp (Bocconi University)

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