About Me

I’m a 5th year PhD candidate in Information Systems (minor in Economics) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland, working under the supervision of Prof. Siva Viswanathan. I extensively use Python, Stata, R and MATLAB along with modern data/text mining tools and deep learning techniques to address empirical questions on

  1. Information asymmetry and discrimination in online platforms such as Airbnb.
  2. Economic impact of institutional forms such as Seed Accelerators.
  3. Apps’ strategic choices on decision to (delay) upgrade under platform’s new information privacy policy

Research Focus: Mechanism Designs, Asymmetric Information, Platform Strategy

Methodology: Econometrics, Machine Learning (Deep Learning), Textual Analysis, Field Experiments

You can find my CV Summary here

Raveesh Mayya Professional

Research Interests

Informed Consent

Delaying Informed Consent: An Empirical Investigation of Mobile Apps’ Upgrade Decisions

(Joint work with Siva Viswanathan) Android’s Information Privacy Policy enactment, strategic delaying of privacy policy adoption by some apps and impact of such strategic behavior on apps’ outcomes on Play Store ...
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Sharing Economy

Who Forgoes Screening in Online Markets and When? Evidence from Airbnb

(Joint work with: Siva Viswanathan, Rajshree Agarwal and Shun Ye) An investigation of Airbnb’s mechanism design (Instant Booking) that mitigates information asymmetry and improves outcomes for a (deserving) sub-section of population ...
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Startup Accelerator

Seed Accelerators and Information Asymmetries: Evidence from Corporate Venture Capital Investments

(Joint work with Peng Huang) A comprehensive study of how seed accelerators help investors in addressing the assessment and valuation problem of startups and aiding them in achieving their investment goals ...
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Smart TV

Impact of Real-Time Informational Interventions in Broadcast Media

(Joint work with Siva Viswanathan) A large-scale randomized field experiment to improve the efficacy of Broadcast content consumption on Smart-TV by leveraging multi-screen connectivity to smart devices such as smart phones ...
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During my two terms as an instructor in Database Systems (with lab) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, I have also covered basics of Data Mining and Frontiers of Data Science. I’m thrilled to have received Distinguished Teaching Award in my first attempt at teaching.

Database Systems (BMGT402) – Spring 2018 (38 students, IS/Business Analytics Major)
Teaching Evaluation: 4.72/5.00
Recipient, Distinguished Teaching Award 2017-2018 (All Faculty & Student instructors)

Database Systems (BMGT402) – Fall 2018 (38 students, IS/Business Analytics Major)
Teaching Evaluation: 4.87/5.00


Here are some of the Awards and Grants that I have received during my Ph.D. journey


Allan N. Nash Outstanding Doctoral Student Award – One of the most prestigious awards for a doctoral student at R.H. Smith School of Business
Distinguished Teaching Award AY 2017-2018 (All Faculty & Student instructors)
Nancy S. and Edward F. Ebert Graduate Award in Free Enterprise by Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets
Best Paper Proceedings, Entrepreneurship Track – AOM Annual Meeting
NSF Student Travel Grant – to present at WEIS 2019
Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant – to present at SCECR 2019
OCIS Travel Grant – to participate at OCIS Doctoral Consortium at AOM 2019


Computation Grant for Big Data Research by the Ed Snider Center
Summer Research Fellowship by UMD Graduate School ($5000)
Financial Aid to complete 5-course specialization in Deep Learning by Deeplearning.ai
Travel Grant – To participate in Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium (WINDS 2018)


Research Grant by the Ed Snider Center


Research Grant by the DIGITS Center
Dean’s Fellowship, Spring 2016


Dean’s Fellowship, Fall 2015

Books Published

I have been a passionate quizzer (trivia master) and have gained immensely from the quizzing community.
I ventured into writing Quiz books as an attempt to contribute back to the community that nurtured me.

Book 1: Blitz the IT Quiz Book: I wrote this book during my freshman year at college (over a decade ago). Sapna Book House, a reputed publisher from Karnataka, India published this book during my sophomore year. Currently, the 6th (2018) edition is in circulation

Book 2: Kryptonite the IT Quiz book: This book was published in 2011, just before I started my MBA. The 2nd edition is currently in circulation and the 3rd edition is in the pipeline.

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Beyond Research

Prior to/Along with pursuing my academic research, I have dabbled with and have developed a few alternative passions.



Contact Me


University of Maryland, College Park
raveesh [at] umd [dot] edu