Wei Chen

Assistant Professor
Department of Management Information Systems
Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Email: weichen@email.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-8523

Research

Research Interests

  • Peer Production: User Generated Content, Sharing Economy, and Open Source Software.
  • FinTech: Crowdfunding and Blockchain Technologies.
  • Business Analytics: Combining Causal Models and Machine Learning

My papers are organized below by topic and method. Please find a chronological list in my CV or Google Scholar.

Peer Production

User-Generated Content

Sharing Economy

  • The Battle for Homes: Is Home Sharing Disrupting Rental or Housing Markets? (with Zaiyan Wei and Karen Xie) [SSRN]
     - Best Paper Runner-up, CSWIM 2018
  • Spillover Effects of Home Sharing on Local Markets: Evidence from Local Tourist Attractions (with Karen Xie, Jianwei Liu, and Yong Liu) [SSRN]

Open-Source Software

  • Competition among Proprietary and Open-Source Software Firms: The Role of Licensing on Strategic Contribution (with Terrence August and Kevin Zhu)
     - Best Paper Nominee, CIST 2014
  • Flourish or Perish? The Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions on Contributions to Open-Source Software Projects (with Fujie Jin and Ling Xue) [SSRN]
  • The Impact of Release Management on Open-Source Software Co-Creation (with Vish Krishnan and Kevin Zhu) [SSRN]
     - Best Paper Award, CSWIM 2016

FinTech

Crowdfunding

Blockchain Technologies

Economic Methods

Empirical Models

  • Flourish or Perish? The Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions on Contributions to Open-Source Software Projects (with Fujie Jin and Ling Xue) [SSRN]
  • The Battle for Homes: Is Home Sharing Disrupting Rental or Housing Markets? (with Zaiyan Wei and Karen Xie) [SSRN]
     - Best Paper Runner-up, CSWIM 2018
  • Spillover Effects of Home Sharing on Local Markets: Evidence from Local Tourist Attractions (with Karen Xie, Jianwei Liu, and Yong Liu) [SSRN]
  • The Impact of Introductory Incentives on New Users: Evidence from An Online Health Community (with Xiaofei Zhang, Bin Gu, and Xitong Guo) [SSRN]
  • Lower Taxes, Smarter Crowd? The Impact of Tax Incentives on Equity Crowdfunding (with Mingfeng Lin and Bryan Zhang) [SSRN]

Structural Models

Analytical Models

  • Competition among Proprietary and Open-Source Software Firms: The Role of Licensing on Strategic Contribution (with Terrence August and Kevin Zhu)

Economics + Machine Learning (ML)

ML Variables in Empirical Models

Causal Inference with ML Enhancement

  • (Causal Forest) Be Gentle to the Newbies: Heterogeneous Impacts of Negative Feedback in Online Communities (with Yinchu Zhu, Laura Brandimarte, and Dong Jing)

Predictive Models

Integrate Causal Models into Machine Learning

Teaching

University of Arizona

  • MIS 543: Business Data Communications & Networking
    • Fall 2018: 4.6/5, 42 MS students
    • Fall 2017: 4.6/5 and 4.8/5, 80 MS students
    • Fall 2016: 4.1/5 and 4.0/5, 76 MS students
  • MIS 307: Business Data Communications
    • Fall 2018: 4.4/5 and 4.7/5, 108 UG students
    • Fall 2017: 4.3/5, 53 UG students
    • Fall 2016: 4.4/5, 39 UG students
    • Fall 2015: 4.2/5 and 4.8/5, 86 UG students

UC San Diego

  • MGT 103: Product Marketing and Management (Summer 2013), 4.2/5, 32 UG students