Joshua Gans

Rotman School of Management

University of Toronto

@joshgans Website

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).

Vote History

Statement Vote Confidence Comments
A hard Brexit will have a significant negative impact on many businesses, even if they do not have a U.K. or European presence. Agree 8 “This is the kind of shock that can lead to a worldwide recession. Basically, Europe is big and this move will hit it hard. The flow-on effects to the rest of the world are something to be very concerned about. We have had worse from much less.”
China is no longer the most attractive growth opportunity for Western multinationals. Agree 7 “Right now with China being the focus of a trade war, that is likely the case. But, in reality, it could only be a growth opportunity for so long.”
In the next five years, the blockchain will have a transformative effect on finance in emerging markets. Disagree 6 “This is one of those statements that one hopes would be true, but the cold economics doesn’t really support it. For finance, the speed of processing required really means some form of centralization is needed. There may be contracting areas that are transformative though.”
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.”