Song Yao (姚松)

Associate Professor of Marketing, Washington University

Principal Economist, Amazon Core AI

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PhD (Business Administration), Duke University, 2009

MA (Economics), UCLA , 2004

BA (Economics), Renmin University of China, 1999

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Email: songyao@wustl.edu

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I am an economist working at the intersection between economics and marketing. I am a Principal Economist at Amazon's Core AI group and an Associate Professor of Marketing at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. My research interests include advertising, pricing, retailing, and competitive strategy. I explore these topics by applying methods of empirical industrial organization, econometrics, and machine learning. I have won the Paul Green Best Paper Award (2012) and the John Howard Dissertation Award (2009), both of which are sponsored by the American Marketing Association. I was the finalist for the INFORMS Frank Bass Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2011 and 2012, the John Little Best Paper Award in 2009 and 2011, the Long Term Impact Award in 2017, the Dick Wittink Prize in 2018, and the Paul Green Best Paper Award in 2021. I was also selected by the Marketing Science Institute as one of the MSI Young Scholars of 2017.

I serve on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. I am also the Associate Editor of the journal Quantitative Marketing and Economics and a former AE at Service Science.

Prior to joining Olin, I taught “Digital/Internet Marketing,” “Customer Analytics,” and “Marketing Management” at the University of Minnesota (Carlson), Northwestern University (Kellogg), and Duke University (Fuqua).

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