While Gans’ research interests are varied, he has developed specialties in the nature of technological competition and innovation, industrial organization, and regulatory economics. He is the Strategy Editor of Management Science. He has written several books including The Disruption Dilemma (MIT Press, 2016) and Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence (HBR Press, 2018).
|In the absence of a carbon tax, industry self-regulation can help mitigate the worst fallout from climate change.||Strongly Disagree||7||“Climate change is both locked-in and on the higher end of projections by scientists. Industry self-regulation can help some things but is like a drop in the ocean in terms of affecting real change.”|
|Amazon’s new $15 per hour minimum wage will force other companies to follow suit.||Disagree||7||“Amazon, while an important employer in some localities, is not as important for the entire labor market. This will allow them to select better employees more than [it will have any] additional market effects.”|
|Restrictions on skilled immigration will cause US firms to to shift more operations overseas.||Strongly Agree||9||“It’s already happening to the benefit of Canada.”|
|Uber has to develop self-driving cars in the next 10 years in order to remain viable.||Disagree||6||“If that proves to be a thing, they’ll be able to procure the technology.”|
|A trade war will be more disruptive to business than to consumers.||Agree||8||“With global supply chains, tariffs impact again and again on those chains. The cumulative effect can be quite large and force businesses to move bits of production.”|
|Concern over consumer privacy will fundamentally limit businesses’ ability to use big data.||Disagree||7||“Privacy is just a right and consumers waive it easily when there is value (or even not). It may create a few frictions. That's all.”|