PhD Student,
TIES Group

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Cambridge, MA
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nagaraj@mit.edu
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I am PhD student in the MIT Sloan PhD program. I grew up in Pune, India, got a degree in Computer Engineering at the College of Engineering, Pune and an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. My favourite number is 42.

Research Interests:
I am interested in the impact of digital information in shaping market and social outcomes. At the moment, I'm working on a number of projects that use the metaphor of map-making, to understand how maps represent and diffuse digital information and how maps can be exploited empirically to answer central questions in the area of strategy, innovation and public policy.

Recent News:

Digitization and Innovation: The Impact of NASA Satellite Maps on the Gold Exploration Industry (paper coming soon!)

In my dissertation project, I'm studying the impact of satellite maps from the NASA LANDSAT program on the gold exploration industry. Combining unique data on all gold discoveries in the world between 1950-1990 with detailed information on internal workings of the LANDSAT program, I'm finding that small, quasi-random differences in the extent of satellite information, had large consequences for the amount of gold discovered by the exploration industry in the last century. Further, I'm exploring the strategic, firm-level consequences of the new information and am finding that under certain conditions, satellite imagery enabled the rise of small, entrepreneurial firms at the expense of industry incubments. Overall it seems like digital information had important consequences for regional and firm-level innovation in the gold exploration industry.

Does Copyright Affect Reuse? Evidence from the Google Books Digitization Project
September, 2014 | New Version! | revision requested (Management Science)

In this paper I investigate how copyright law shapes digital content. Baseball Digest issues before 1964 are out-of-copyright while post 1964 issues are in copyright. When these issues were digitized, Wikipedia pages from pre-1964 players benefited disproportionately as compared to those from post-1964 players. These pages experienced a greater increase in citations, the number of images and incoming web-traffic to their pages, but did not experience a differential increase in the amount of text.

You can now download a draft of the paper here.

MIT Economist: Here's How Copyright Laws Impoverish Wikipedia
July, 2012 · The Atlantic

An article (by Rob Meyer) previewing results from my second year paper that investigates the impact of copyright on the quality of wikipedia pages. Lots more to come soon including complete paper, slides and more charts. Stay tuned!

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