The Power of Experiments: Decision-Making in a Data Driven World Audiobook, by Michael Luca Play Audiobook Sample

The Power of Experiments: Decision-Making in a Data Driven World Audiobook

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Read By: Timothy Andrés Pabon Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781713501749

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07:25 minutes

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How organizations―including Google, StubHub, Airbnb, and Facebook―learn from experiments in a data-driven world.

Have you logged into Facebook recently? Searched for something on Google? Chosen a movie on Netflix? If so, you've probably been an unwitting participant in a variety of experiments―also known as randomized controlled trials―designed to test the impact of different online experiences. Once an esoteric tool for academic research, the randomized controlled trial has gone mainstream. No tech company worth its salt (or its share price) would dare make major changes to its platform without first running experiments to understand how they would influence user behavior. In this book, Michael Luca and Max Bazerman explain the importance of experiments for decision making in a data-driven world.

Luca and Bazerman describe the central role experiments play in the tech sector, drawing lessons and best practices from the experiences of such companies as StubHub, Alibaba, and Uber. Successful experiments can save companies money―eBay, for example, discovered how to cut $50 million from its yearly advertising budget―or bring to light something previously ignored, as when Airbnb was forced to confront rampant discrimination by its hosts. Moving beyond tech, Luca and Bazerman consider experimenting for the social good―different ways that govenments are using experiments to influence or “nudge” behavior ranging from voter apathy to school absenteeism. Experiments, they argue, are part of any leader's toolkit. With this book, readers can become part of “the experimental revolution.”

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In a forthcoming book, The Power of Experiments: Decision-Making in a Data-Driven World, Harvard professors Michael Luca and Max Bazerman show how such experiments have helped organizations from eBay to the U.K. tax authority make better decisions. By testing different strategies on a limited pool of unwitting customers before implementing them, they say, companies can eliminate guesswork and intuition and build products and processes “that better account for the many quirks of human behavior.”



  • ―The Wall Street Journal

  • The authors have created a masterpiece, a manifesto showcasing the deepest revolution in the social sciences in the past twenty-five years―field experimentation. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding policy, behavioral economics, technology, and life itself.

  • ―John A. List, Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

  • One of the great things about e-commerce is that it is far easier to run experiments online than offline. As more and more companies move online, they need to learn how to use this powerful tool. This book shows how to take advantage of experiments and how this will revolutionize business, both online and off.

  • ―Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google

  • This accessible and engaging book provides an excellent introduction to a subject that every young person entering the business world today should understand―experimentation. The case studies draw the reader into the challenges that arise in practice, highlighting issues ranging from bias to ethics to unintended consequences.

  • ―Susan Athey, The Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Leaders who create an environment for taking calculated risks get better results. This book reminds us that systemic experimentation and calculated risk taking has built great companies and great societies alike.

  • ―Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts

  • Luca and Bazerman's The Power of Experiments will open your eyes about how to distill information from data.

  • ―Alvin E. Roth, Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics, Stanford University; recipient of the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

  • So often we don't know what we don't know until we try―and the best form of trying is often an experiment. This book is a brilliant tour through the past, present, and future of experimentation, packed full of insight and examples. Read it and learn―I did.

  • ―Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and presenter of Cautionary Tales

  • When testing and experimentation is at the heart of a culture, a team or company can be more responsive and nimble, driving a better product and more growth alongside a better employee experience.

  • ―Gillian Tans, Chairwoman,

  • A tremendous achievement, and inspiring to boot. Leaders in government and industry take note: Luca and Bazerman's book will guide you to better decisions in this age of experiments.

  • ―Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School; coauthor of Nudge

  • Luca and Bazerman tell the fascinating story of the rise of experiments in the tech sector and beyond, and deliver a powerful message: experiments are transforming how businesses and governments make decisions. Going only by gut isn't enough―successful leaders need to move between data and decisions.

  • ―Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better

  • ―John A. List, Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

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About the Authors

Max H. Bazerman is the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where his research focuses on negotiation, behavioral economics, and ethics. He is the author of numerous books and over 200 research articles and chapters. He is an award-winning scholar and mentor and has been named one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics and a Daily Kos Hero. His consulting, teaching, and lecturing includes work in thirty countries.

About Timothy Andrés Pabon

Timothy Andrés Pabon is an English- and Spanish-speaking voice-over artist who has worked extensively in advertising and audiobook narration. He has had acting roles on House of Cards and has also been a costar on HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire opposite country music legend Steve Earl. As a stage actor, he has worked off-Broadway at the June Havoc Theatre, and his regional credits include Center Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, the Hippodrome, Olney Theatre, Rep Stage, and GALA Hispanic Theatre.